Anyone 'disrespecting' Iranian athletes must apologise, Iran tells Olympic Committee

Anyone 'disrespecting' Iranian athletes must apologise, Iran tells Olympic Committee

"The IOC will provide mobile phones to all athletes of all countries participating at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018".

"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.

Pyeongchang Olympic organisers said they had apologised to Iran on Friday after a diplomatic furore over its athletes being denied special Samsung phones issued for the Games.

The news reports sparked outrage in Iran, prompting the country's Foreign Ministry to summon the South Korean ambassador to Tehran and demand an apology.

Then the International Olympic Committee said they would be provided for the Games, but the two countries' representatives would be asked to return them afterwards rather than keep them.

Iran has plenty of oil under its soil, but that didn't stop the Middle Eastern nation from playing the part of squeaky wheel in South Korea and getting rewarded accordingly.

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Samsung 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 Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Shortly afterwards, the International Olympic Committee backed down on the decision to deny gift Samsung smartphones to both Iranian and North Korean athletes.

"There was a confusion as the IOC and organizers had to review legal issues on giving the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone to athletes from countries under worldwide sanction", an official from the organizing committee said, apologizing to Samsung for being accused despite its good intentions. There are 22 North Korean and four Iranian athletes at the 2018 Winter Games.

"The IOC has confirmed that the Iranian athletes are entitled to receive and keep the phones".

"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", it added.

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