Backlash from Excluding Iran from Olympic Smartphone Provision

Backlash from Excluding Iran from Olympic Smartphone Provision

"Regarding North Korea, all participants are requested not to take the phones back to their home country but to only use them during their stay in PyeongChang, since that is required to allow them to participate in the Games", the International Olympic Committee said.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, South Korea's ambassador to Tehran was summoned to the ministry on Wednesday evening in the wake of reports that Iranian athletes, together with North Koreans, would not receive high-end smartphones being handed out by the sponsor of the Winter Olympics in South Korea to all competitors.

The games' sponsor Samsung Electronics had donated some 4,000 "Olympic edition" Galaxy Note 8 smartphones as a gift to all the athletes and officials visiting PyeongChang for the global tournament, but Iranian and North Korean athletes were initially denied the gifts.

Iran on Thursday had summoned South Korea's ambassador over reports its athletes would not each receive a $1,100 smartphone.

Samsung sought to distance itself from the spat, saying in a statement that it was "not responsible for the distribution of the phones" and referring questions to Olympics organizers.


Also, an informed source told the IRIB that ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi had also demanded the South Korean company to apologize, saying the minister was considering revocation of registration service for Samsung devices on the Iranian network.

"These phones contain essential logistical and competition information for the athletes", an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said.

The press service of the 2018 Olympics' Organizing Committee, for its part, told Sputnik that "the issue of Samsung phones is the prerogative of the IOC [International Olympic Committee] because neither the Organizing Committee nor Samsung has such rights".

Iran has four competitors at the Olympics which run from February 9-25.

The senior judicial official further emphasized that in case the Samsung Electronics Co. pledges to compensate for "the spiritual damage" it has caused to Iran, a date should be determined and announced to the head office of the company.

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