Last month, Samsung announced a limited edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. This version of the S7 Edge is certainly unique, with the body in black and the buttons and trims in the colors of the Olympic rings. Samsung also announced that it would give 12,500 of the limited edition phones to the athletes of the Rio Olympics.
Not to take charity from its southern neighbor, Radio Free Asia reported that North Korea refused the gift and prevented its athletes from claiming the complimentary devices. According to both Samsung and the Rio Olympics Committee, one of the top managers for the North Korean team took the 31 smartphones, and then failed to deliver them to his athletes. When asked, Kim Song I, a competitor in women’s table tennis, silently denied receiving her gift.
South Korea is North Korea’s sworn enemy; Samsung is a South Korean company. Obviously, we can only guess at the totalitarian nation’s reasoning for refusing the phones to its athletes.
- Radio Free Asia