Iran and North Korea Olympians will not be gifted phones

Updated: Feb 08, 2018, 09:44 IST | A Correspondent

North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions, organisers said yesterday

Representation pic
Representation pic

North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions, organisers said yesterday. Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic edition" handsets of its flagship Galaxy Note 8 device to be distributed among athletes and IOC officials free of charge.

But a Pyeongchang organising committee spokeswoman said: "North Korean and Iranian athletes will be excluded because of existing UN sanctions" against the two countries. The devices retail for around 1,000,000 South Korean won ($920) and so could fall foul of measures banning supplies of luxury goods. North Korea has sent 22 athletes to the Olympics. Only 10 of them will compete for their country at the Games, with another 12 on the roster of a unified Korean women's ice hockey team.

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