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Int’l Olympic Committee apologizes to Iran

Tehran, Feb 9International Olympic Committee apologized to Iran for the unprofessional behavior towards Iranian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.

'Deputy Head of International Olympics Committee and head of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games in separate letters to President of National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran Reza Salehi Amiri expressed regret over the unfair distribution of cellphones among athletes,' Iran's National Olympics Committee announced on Friday.

'This happened due to lack of proper communication between the phone distributor teams. We fully understand the inconvenience caused for the Iranian squad,' the letters read.

All those who were involved in this case have sent letters apologizing Iran and calling for holding a friendly meeting, said an official with Iran's National Olympics Committee.

Following Samsung's offensive way of treating Iranian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games and not handing gifts to them, Iran National Olympic Committee started following up the case to react to this unusual measure.

Media reported on Wednesday that the South Korean company Samsung, as the main sponsor of the games, has decided to deny Iranian athletes the Olympic-edition smart phones. It referred to international sanctions as the reason of the move.

The Iranian ministry of sports in a statement reacted to the decision as an unethical move that is against human values and violating the Olympics Charter.

The decision on 'not handing the gifts to Iranian athletes participating in the PyeongChang Oympic Winter Games causes deep regret,' the ministry said in a tatement.

The ministry called for an apology for the discriminatory move.

The opening ceremony of the games will be on Friday. Iran is participating in the event with four athletes.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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