THE Iranian Olympic Committee (Iran OC) has said that it will boycott the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games in London because they believe the logo for the events spell the word ‘Zion’.
Zion is a biblical term for Jerusalem, which is not Iran’s favourite place in the world.Iran has urged other Muslim countries to boycott the games because of the ‘racist logo’. The logos for both the Olympics and Paralympics (which are identical except for colour) just spell out ‘2012’ in jagged letters.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge told the BBC: “We will quietly reply [to Iran and tell them] the logo has nothing to do with racism or any political connotation.”
The London Organising Committee (Locog) added: “The logo was launched in 2007 following testing and consultation. We are surprised that this complaint has been made now.”
I’m surprised that Iran has waited this long to complain as well. I remember that when the logo for the games was launched there was quite a bit of controversy, but it was over how ugly some people said it was or that the animated version caused fits. If Iran had this bigger grievance then they should have raised it earlier.
If Iran did boycott the games they wouldn’t be missed. Not by me anyway. Iran only won two medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (gold in the Men’s 80kg Taekwondo and bronze in the Men’s 60kg freestyle Wrestling), but did win 14 medals (five gold, six silver and three bronze) at the Paralympics. They finished 51st and 22nd in the respective medal tables, so they are not exactly the Olympic powerhouses of U.S.A., China, Russia or Great Britain and the like are they?
This is not the first time Iran has kicked off about a sporting event. Back in July 2010, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticised Paul the Octopus several times during a speech in the Iranian capital Tehran. He ranted about Paul being used as a means to spread “Western propaganda and superstition.” Doesn’t he appreciate the fact that we were just having a bit of fun? Also, Ahmadinejad gave this speech on the weekend of 24-25 July 2010. The World Cup Final – which saw Paul’s eight correct and final prediction – took place on 11 July 2010. Nothing like getting in earlier on stuff that matters to you is there Mahmoud?
In short, I believe that if Iran wants to boycott the London games we should let them. Besides, do we really want a bunch of anti-Semites whose leader denies the Holocaust competing in our country in the greatest event on the planet?