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Anthony Amado’s Opinion on the Use of iPhones at the Sochi Games

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.

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Anthony Amado’s Opinion of the Accommodations in Sochi

Bergen County, NJ -02/07/2014

There is a lot of media hype surrounding the conditions of the accommodations in Sochi, where the 2014 Olympics are set to kick off tonight with opening ceremonies. Anthony Amado has been following the news the past couple of days and heard the accounts of the supposed hotels not finished.

News media arriving in Sochi ahead of the start of the games were greeted by yellow water, missing doorknobs and signs saying not to flush toilet paper, but rather to throw it away. An entirely new “city” was built from the ground up in order to accommodate all of the athletes and visitors to the Russian city.

Russian officials have been denying the reports of incomplete hotels and accommodations. “We’ve put 100,000 guests in rooms and only gotten 103 registered complaints and every one of those is being taken care of,” he said. (It wasn’t clear what Mr. Kozak was counting as a registered complaint). (Source- CNN).

For those not at the games, the media’s portrayal of what the situation is like is all people have to go by. For New Jersey native Anthony Amado, is raises some questions as to why accommodations are lacking and what that means for other more serious parts of the games, like security. 

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