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North Korean officials refuse to give complimentary Samsung smartphones to their Olympic athletes

By beansss   Saturday, August 13, 2016   73,750   329   75
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As a complimentary gift to all Olympians competing in the 'Olympic Games Rio 2016,' South Korea's Samsung provided 12,500 Galaxy S7 smartphones to nearly 11,200 athletes from 206 nations and two independent teams. However, it has been discovered that the athletes on the North Korean team did not receive their complimentary smartphones. 


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According to reports, instead of being gifted to the 31 North Korean athletes, the smartphones provided by Samsung have been withheld by one of the team's managers. Witnesses have claimed in the past that North Korean managers and coaches often confiscate gifts given to their athletes during international competitions. Some have theorized this is the case to limit communication capabilities for their athletes.


What do you think of the country's policies regarding their athletes?

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daFoolio Monday, August 15, 2016

dick move... they probably gonna say that they won't use a product of their rival... but keep them and hand them out to their NK buddies back home...

ReilaGaze32 Monday, August 15, 2016

They can't have them learning more about the outside world and what people are really saying and thinking about North Korea.  And feeling appreciated? Please.  The Olympics isn't a place for them to have fun and get gifts. Cell phone are a luxury and a way for the world to corrupt the purity that is North Korea (sarcasm). They got to be outside the country for a while, that's gift enough. They were allowed to talk to other athletes too, and they even let one take a photo with a South Korean athlete. They were just protecting them from the evils of the world and all its decadence.

passarodoartico Monday, August 15, 2016

so sad

EJC (Banned) Monday, August 15, 2016

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ShayMin Sunday, August 14, 2016

North Lorea let athletes compete in the olympics? 😧

shannnnt ShayMin Monday, August 15, 2016

Yes and they basically compete for their lives.

apink6fairies Sunday, August 14, 2016

If they need to give them away somewhere, I'm right here *raises hand* :')

busan_boy Sunday, August 14, 2016

lmao, I'm even surprised that North Korea actually participates in the Olympics when they're so hostile

Ryen Sunday, August 14, 2016

So... what did they do with the phones? Burned them? Sold them on eBay? Modified them to spy on South Korea?

shannnnt Ryen Monday, August 15, 2016

Somebody probably kept them for his own use you know who

Stephanie91 Sunday, August 14, 2016

This does not surprise me that they did that. Very gracious gesture on Samsung's part, though. I'd take a free phone like those ones. ;)

zippys420 Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's friggin North Korea. This comes as no surprise to anyone let alone the athletes themselves.

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