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Iran athletes demand apology from Samsung over Olympic snub

AFP  |  Tehran 

said today that its athletes had refused to accept special mobile telephones issued for in until they received an apology for initially being refused them.

Games organisers had refused on Wednesday to give athletes from and the Galaxy Note 8 devices from sponsor Samsung, loaded with essential logistical and competition information, due to international sanctions.

Although they backtracked the following day, the incident caused a storm in where has a major presence.

"Our athletes refused to accept the mobiles and handed in a letter of protest to the and are awaiting the official and written response," Hassan Taherian, Iran's to South Korea, told the official agency.

billboards and flagship stores are seen all over Iran, and the South Korean company has sponsored many large- scale cultural events, including the current exhibition at the

reported that Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi was looking into the issue, and was considering whether to block imports of Samsung phones.

Shahrokh Shahnazi, of Iran's National Olympic Committee, told the agency: "The Samsung company and anyone involved in disrespecting Iranian athletes participating in the Pyeongchang must apologise to Iran's team, and the will not compromise on this issue."


reported Thursday that "an informed source" had said would stop using his if there was no apology.

Although this was not confirmed, the report appeared to trigger a series of "No to Samsung" protests on

"If I were a famous person, in response to Samsung's big insult, I would have thrown my away on camera, and would have asked other famous people to join me," wrote one user.

Others had a more light-hearted response, with one saying he had slammed the door of his Samsung fridge particularly hard after hearing the

"The fact that our revolutionary friends haven't climbed the walls of the is a big improvement in itself," joked another user.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:50 IST
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