Olympics Committee: Samsung Can’t Bully Athletes Into Hiding Their iPhones

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Remember the report from yesterday that said that Sochi Olympics sponsor Samsung was asking athletes to cover up their iPhone logos? Not something athletes need to worry about, according to the International Olympic Committee. But that doesn’t mean Samsung didn’t ask.

In a statement to MacRumors, an IOC spokesperson said: “”No it is not true. Athletes can use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremony. The normal rules apply just as per previous Games.”

Previously, it had been reported that since the Samsung Galaxy S3 was being given to all Olympic athletes, they had to cover up the Apple logo on their iPhones so it wouldn’t be visible during the opening ceremonies. This report, however, is being denied by the IOC.

“The Samsung Note 3 that were distributed are a gift to the athletes, so they can capture and share their experiences at the Games, and the phones also contain important competition and logistical information for competing athletes.”

The Olympics start in Sochi today and will continue until February 23rd, 2014. Let us know if you see an Apple logo during the Opening Ceremonies!

  • norb

    Love it… their greed for popularity and publicity turned into bad publicity instead and them not getting what they wanted.

  • Trem33er

    It’s not a matter of greed. Sponsors spend hundreds of millions of dollars based on exclusivity and that needs to be protected.

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