Olympic Athletes May Use iPhones Without Restriction During Opening Ceremony Says IOC

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The International Olympic Committee confirmed today that Olympic athletes are free to use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremonies, including iPhones. They are also not required to cover any logos on their devices.

    Yesterday, it was reported that Samsung had asked athletes to cover the logos on devices made by competitors during the opening ceremonies as a condition for receiving a free Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in the gift bags given to all athletes.

    In an email exchange with MacRumors today, an IOC spokesperson was asked about athletes being asked to cover non-Samsung logos on mobile devices. She responded saying the report was "not true":
    Olympic athletes are controversially banned from mentioning any non-sponsor products during their time at the Olympics, including on social media and clothing. Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter, the rule covering the mention of non-sponsors, does have a specific exemption for sponsor logos on clothing or equipment that cover less than 10% of the surface area of the product in question.

    It is possible that Samsung requested that logos be covered, but it is not an official IOC request and athletes will not be penalized for using or displaying non-Samsung phones.

    Article Link: Olympic Athletes May Use iPhones Without Restriction During Opening Ceremony Says IOC
  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  3. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Hahahaha that's got to hurt for Samsung. Your fault for trying to get it that way anyway.
  4. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    oops, too bad for samsung.
    it's a ridiculous rule anyway.
  5. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Apple would have done the same. Let's at least TRY to be fair.
  6. pxbr macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2012
    bazinga! & [​IMG] to all those supporting 'samesung' in the other thread
  7. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    They should put big Apple stickers on "everything":D

    Go :apple:!
  8. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    I'm not surprised they threw Samsung under the bus. It's not realistic or reasonable to expect them not to be able to use devices they own, or have to try and cover up a logo.
  9. rablat macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2007
    Classified NSA intel
    No big deal samsung phones all look like iPhones anyway.
  10. B4U macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2012
    Glad to see the IOC has common sense.

    Kind of like looking at 2 school children fighting and got taken care of by a cool headed teacher.
  11. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    That's speculation. Companies are judged on what they do, not assumptions that every other company is just as bad.
  12. DrManhattan macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    I told you guys yesterday. But trolls insisted this restriction by Samsung is normal.
  13. Smwdesigns macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2013
    Samsung is now trying to get their sponsorship money back and requesting athletes return the phones.
  14. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    To be fair, I don't think Apple would've needed to do the same, did you see the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics a couple of years ago? Samsung sure did. :)
  15. pk7 macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    So just a desperate attempt by Samsung to force their name out there.
  16. kerrikins macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2012
    Quite possibly, and I'd think it was just as ridiculous if they did, too. Glad that the athletes - who are what the games are ABOUT, really - will not have to worry about what they use or whether something is showing unintentionally.
  17. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    Because they're a big company? Nah, there are numerous companies out there who would have the good sense to avoid this type of sleazy marketing for exactly the reason that it comes to light, if not for other moral reasons.

    And this sort of stunt is not something Apple's history suggests an affinity for.
  18. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  19. linlaosu macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2011
    Yes, Apple would but they didn't. Let's at least TRY to deal with the FACT.
  20. Arran macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    ...and it only would've taken two coverup stickers!:p
  21. ardchoille50 macrumors 68000


    Feb 6, 2014
    Seattle, WA. USA
    I wouldn't have accepted the Samsung device anyway, why would I want a volkswagon when I already have a Rolls Royce? :)
  22. danielsutton macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    The iPhone does not have any identifying logos on it anyway, so Apple would be sFe even if the IOC did prohibit devices displaying logos of non-sponsors.
  23. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    That backfired on them, giving more publicity to apple! Nice!
  24. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    LOL what?

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