London 2012 logo 'Zionist', claims Iran

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The Independent Online

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.