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North Korea won't let Olympic athletes accept Galaxy S7 phones

The dictatorship refused to allow its 31 athletes to receive the Android freebie that every other Olympic competitor got, according to a report.


Apparently not every freebie is up for grabs.

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Samsung hoped that no Olympic athlete would leave Rio empty handed.

The South Korean electronics giant provided each of the 11,000 athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics with a special edition Galaxy S7 smartphone.

One country, however, has refused the gift. According to Radio Free Asia, North Korea prevented its 31 competing athletes from receiving the complimentary phone. A North Korean official reportedly went to the Samsung office and collected all of the phones that were to be provided to the country's athletes. Kim Song I, a North Korean athlete competing in table tennis, shook her head when asked by Radio Free Asia if she had received a phone.

North Korea, a dictatorship and arch enemy of South Korea, has strict rules for its athletes. The Washington Post reported that athletes are not allowed to visit places of interest and are discouraged from interacting with others, although no official reason was released as to why the athletes didn't receive the phones.