'Y.M.C.A' played at full blast at speedskating arena

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'Y.M.C.A' played at full blast at speedskating arena
Dutch skating fans, one flashing three fingers presumably for country skater Sven Kramer's projected three gold medals, cheer during the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Dutch fans watch the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A Dutch skating fan watches the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Dutch King Wilem-Alexander, left, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte watch the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Coach gerard Kemkers urges on Sven Kramer of the Netherlands as he competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. With the 10,000 meters as good as won four years ago in Vancouver, Kemkers inexplicably pointed Kramer toward the wrong lane on a crossover in the10,000 meters and Kramer, just as inexplicably, followed that road to Olympic ruin. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Coach gerard Kemkers urges on Sven Kramer of the Netherlands as he competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. With the 10,000 meters as good as won four years ago in Vancouver, Kemkers inexplicably pointed Kramer toward the wrong lane on a crossover in the10,000 meters and Kramer, just as inexplicably, followed that road to Olympic ruin. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Russia's Ivan Skobrev competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Norway's Havard Bokko competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
South Korean speedskater Kim Cheol-min competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Andrea Giovannini of Italy competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Speedskaters from the Netherlands, from right to left, bronze winner Jorrit Bergsma, gold winner Sven Kramer and silver winner Jan Blokhuijsen stand together during the flower ceremony for the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Speedskaters from the Netherlands, from left to right, bronze winner Jorrit Bergsma, gold winner Sven Kramer and silver winner Jan Blokhuijsen stand together after the flower ceremony for the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) - "Y.M.C.A," for many a gay anthem, was played at full blast by organizers over the public address system at the Adler Arena speedskating oval during Saturday's competition.

With the crowd dancing and hopping to the disco hit of the Village People, the organizers pre-empted a difficult choice for the Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals, since Kleintje Pils feared performing the song might antagonize the Russian authorities.

The oompah band will arrive only next weekend and had feared it might impede a ban on information about "nontraditional sexual relations" signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Band leader Ruud Bakker said he wanted to include it in its sing-along repertoire as "a signal" even though he did not want to become part of a "political game." Over the past weeks, it briefly threatened to become a political issue in the Netherlands, known for its liberal views on sexuality.

Now that organizers played the song themselves, the issue appears to be off the table. Venue organizers can pick from a playlist of 4,600 tracks approved by the Sochi organizing committee, said venue press manager Cornelia Schmid.

It went on during an intermission at the oval when a presenter asked a fan what song she wanted to hear. When it turned out to be "Y.M.C.A," the tune was immediately unleashed on the crowd.

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