Bergen County, NJ -02/07/2014
Yesterday news media was reporting that Samsung had asked Olympic athletes to cover up logos on competitor’s devices during the opening ceremonies, as Samsung is a major sponsor of the games and gifted all athletes a free Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in gift bags. Apple fan Anthony Amado read this news yesterday and did not think it was fair of Samsung to require this of athletes, especially when the Samsung phones are a gift.
Today, an Olympic spokesperson said the reports were not true. Athletes are allowed to use any device during the opening ceremonies. “The Samsung Note 3 that were distributed are a gift to the athletes, so they can capture and share their experiences at the Games, and the phones also contain important competition and logistical information for competing athletes.” (Source- Macrumors).
Apple fans like Anthony Amado was glad to hear that athletes are allowed to use the popular iPhone during the games. However, it should be noted that Olympic athletes are banned from mentioning any non-sponsor products during the games, including on social media and clothing. It is possible that Samsung requested other logos be covered, but it is not a rule of the IOC and not something athletes would be punished for.