International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has dismissed Iran’s claims that the logo for the London 2012 Games is “racist”.
Iran could boycott the event after claiming the emblem resembles the word “Zion” – a biblical term for Jerusalem. Iranian officials wrote to the IOC to highlight the perceived link.
Rogge told BBC Sport: “No, it can’t be serious. We will quietly reply, telling [Iran] the logo has nothing to do with racism or any political connotation.”
The Iranian letter urges other Muslim states to oppose the “racist logo”.
In an exclusive interview with BBC sports editor David Bond, Rogge said his response to the letter was “a big smile”…
The London logo shows the numbers “2012″ in four jagged figures and until now has only been criticised for its design. With 18 months until the Olympics, a statement from 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.”
- BBC News