Saturday August 13, 2016

North Korea Won't Let Olympic Athletes Accept Galaxy S7 Phones

One of the perks to competing in the Olympics is free swag, with one of the pricier items being a brand-new Galaxy S7 from Samsung, an official sponsor. Unfortunately, if you’re a North Korean athlete, all you are allowed to bring home are medals.

When asked if she had received a smartphone, North Korean athlete Kim Song I shook her head without a word as she left the stadium on Tuesday after beating a Singaporean player in the women’s table tennis quarterfinals. Some South Korean athletes from the country’s national team who have competed against North Korean athletes in the past said that North Korean managers and coaches often confiscate gifts given to their athletes during international competitions. Smartphones would also raise the suspicions of a North Korean government that takes great pains to control citizens’ contact with the outside world.