Nearly four years after its launch the Guardian website has posted an article saying that Iran has threatened to boycott the Games unless the design is changed. They claim it spells out the word “Zion”.
The logo has been said to resemble many things from its critics, 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.”
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.”