Nothing like waiting until the last minute to voice your concerns. It seems Iran is upset over the 2012 Olympics logo, which was unveiled way back in 2007.
The secretary general of Iran’s Olympic committee, Bahram Afsharzadeh, says that he thinks the 2012 Olympics logo spells out the word “Zion”, a term which is widely used when referring to Jerusalem.
Afsharzadeh says he voiced his displeasure in the form of a letter addressed to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. If the IOC doesn’t change the logo, Iran may boycott the 2012 Olympics.
“There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the games, especially Iran, which abides by commitment to the values and principles,” the letter read.
The IOC confirms that it has received the letter but adds that it doesn’t plan to change the logo.
“Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else,” the IOC said.
The London organizers said the 2012 Olympics logo design was revealed in 2007, after thorough testing and consultation.
“We are surprised that this complaint has been made now,” the committee said.
It seems as though Iran usually threatens to boycott the games at least once before each Olympics, although the country did actually boycott once at the 1984 games.
- Iran fumes over London 2012 ‘Zion’ logo (guardian.co.uk)
- Iran Claims London Olympics Logo Is Racist (huffingtonpost.com)
- London 2012 Olympics: Iran objects to Games logo due to similarity to word ‘Zion’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Iran objects to London 2012 Olympics logo (theglobeandmail.com)
- Iran threatens boycott of 2012 London Games, claims logo is racist (sports.espn.go.com)