March 1, 2011
Iran offended by London Olympics logo
by Jan Harris
Iran is threatening to pull out of the 2012 London Olympics unless the logo is changed.
Despite the logo having been launched in 2007, Mohammad Aliabadi, the president of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, has waited until now to complain that it is racist because it resembles the word ‘ZION’.
The fluorescent pink and yellow logo, which looks like it was designed by a 1960s teenager with a packet of felt pens, features the number 2012 with the word London in the first 2 and the Olympic rings in the zero.
It doesn’t look much like the word Zion, and neither does it look much like 2012, in fact when it was first revealed there were claims that it looked like a swastika!
It has offended Aliabadi so much that he is claiming that the Olympic committee has a pro-Israeli agenda.
He has made a written complaint to the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, who has yet to respond.
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