Iran Claims London 2012 Olympics Logo Spells the Word ‘Zion’


london-2012-olympic-logoIran has threatened to boycott the London Olympics unless the organizers replace the official logo, which Tehran claims spells out the word “Zion.”

The logo, a jagged representation of the year 2012, has been said by its critics to resemble many things, from a swastika to other things, but the Iranian government argues it represents a veiled pro-Israeli conspiracy.

In a formal complaint to the International Olympic Committee, Tehran has called for the graphic to be replaced and its designers “confronted”, warning that Iranian athletes might otherwise be ordered to stay away from the London Games.

According to the state-backed Iranian Students News Agency, which is frequently used to convey official pronouncements, the letter says: “As internet documents have proved, using the word Zion in the logo of the 2012 Olympic Games is a disgracing action and against the Olympics’ valuable mottos.

“There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the Games, especially Iran which abides by commitment to the values and principles.”

The letter, from the country’s national Olympic committee, leaves unclear what “internet documents” it is referring to.

Amid the popular uproar that accompanied the unveiling of the logo in 2007, there were some claims, particularly on conspiracy-oriented websites, that its constituent shapes could be rearranged to make the world “Zion” and some animations were posted on YouTube showing how to do it.

An IOC official confirmed that the Iranian letter had been received but said: “The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else.”

A spokesman for the London Olympic organising committee added: “It was launched in 2007 following testing and consultation. We are surprised that this complaint has been made now.”

{The Guardian/ Newscenter}


  1. this shows the depth of their insanity how stupid can any people get this is the lowest theese, iranians think that they are normal, the whole world laughts at how dumb and stupid they are,

  2. If you distort the numbers 2012 you also have the word zion. Maybe they should have the olympics in 2013. What craziness is this?

  3. ???? is the word ??? (source of olimpics) with a tzadik added in front. it is known to ???? ?? that the match for the ???? (female pigion) (the jews are compared to a ????) is not a ??? rather a ??? with a tzadik = zion
    P.S. y does zion go agianst iran princapels?

  4. If the Iranians don’t want to come, they should just be quiet, stay home, and watch their athletes defect whenever possible during the coming year.

  5. So, the logo has been around since 2007. I will be watching to see how much time passes before they change it. In the meantime, what a giggle. (and thank you, #4, for the dvar Torah about Yavan and Tzion.)

  6. So…not a bad idea for the Olympics to proceed without them….or anyone else that goes along with it. Gives the other countries a better chance of winning!!!!!Yippeeeeee

  7. They’re so paranoid about Zionism that they see it depicted in every logo. Let them stay home. On the other hand, who needs the Olympics anyway? It is a non Jewish concept modeled after the Yevanim who were a godless people, who glorified themselves and their bodies.

  8. Dear friends,
    Your judgment about Iran is very unfair.
    They have claimed they can observe a Zionist word there, and you say it is funny!
    I can remember the story of Galileo Galilei!
    Just see it please! without any prejudice about the Iranian government.