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