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Iran Enrages on Olympic Snub, Committee Apologizes

Web-Desk (February 09, 2018): Iran’s athletes had refused to accept special Samsung mobile telephones issued for the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Wednesday until they received an apology for initially being refused them.Games organizers had refused on Wednesday to give athletes from Iran and North Korea the Galaxy Note 8 devices from sponsor Samsung, loaded with essential logistical and competition information, due to international sanctions.

Hassan Taherian, Iran’s ambassador to South Korea told the Iranian news agency that “Our athletes refused to accept the mobiles and handed in a letter of protest to the Olympic Committee and are awaiting the official and written response,”.IRNA reported that Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi was looking into the issue, and was considering whether to block imports of Samsung phones.

Shahrokh Shahnazi, the secretary general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, told the agency: “The Samsung company and anyone involved in disrespecting Iranian athletes participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics must apologize to Iran’s team.”

“An informed source” had said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would stop using his Samsung mobile if there was no apology, reported News Agency.

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