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London 2012 logo 'Zionist', claims Iran

Iran is threatening to boycott the London 2012 Olympics because it claims the Games' official logo spells the word "Zion".

The graphic was designed as a funky representation of the numerals in "2012". But the head of Iran's National Olympic Committee, Mohammad Aliabadi, claimed it showed a pro-Israeli stance which Tehran deems as racism.

In a letter to Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, Mr Aliabadi called the emblem's design a "disgracing action" that could affect the country's participation.