Iran terms Olympics logo 'racist'
The 2012 London Olympics logo
Iran has officially voiced its objection to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the logo of the 2012 London Olympics, condemning it as “racist.”
In an official letter to the IOC signed by Secretary General of the National Iranian Olympic Committee Bahram Afsharzadeh as well as its Director Mohammad Aliabadi, Iran complained that the logo is “racist” as it features the word "Zion."
In an interview with IRNA, Afsharzadeh underlined that the logo would affect the 2012 Olympic Games in London, adding it “will jeopardize the objectives of Olympic Games.”
He also called on other countries, including Muslim states, to react to the racist move.
In the meantime, the OIC has reportedly rejected Iran's complaint that the logo for the 2012 Olympics resembles the word Zion and that it is racist.
"The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else," the IOC was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement on Tuesday.
If you read the logo vertically rather than horizontally, then you can make out "Zion" in the logo, Reuters said.