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Olympics 2012: Iran has blocked access to London 2012 official website


Access to the official website for the London 2012 Olympic Games appears to be blocked in Iran.

Users in Iran have tweeted that they are unable to connect to london2012.com and are instead redirected to peyvandha.ir, a site offering stories from Iran’s official news agencies.

Blockediniran.com intermittently suggests Iran-based users are unlikely to be able to see the Olympics pages.

Iran’s ministry of foreign affairs did not reply to a request for comment.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently ordered officials to set up a new body to co-ordinate decisions regarding the net.

Citizens have also been told they would need to show IDs and give their full name when visiting an internet cafe.

Users in Iran are unable to connect to london2012.com and are instead redirected to peyvandha.ir, a site offering stories from Iran's official news agencies

Users in Iran are unable to connect to london2012.com and are instead redirected to peyvandha.ir, a site offering stories from Iran's official news agencies

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also discussed plans to create a “clean web” within Iran with its own search engine and messaging service.

Iran had previously signalled it might boycott the Olympics over claims that the official logo spells the word “Zion” – a Hebrew word used to refer to Israel or Jerusalem.

In February 2011 the Iranian authorities called for the logo to be withdrawn and the designers “confronted”.

However, a follow-up letter later made clear its athletes would still “participate and play gloriously”.

The Iranian weightlifting superheavyweight, Behdad Salimikordasiab, is expected to be among those taking part.

Behdad Salimikordasiab previously won gold in the Asian Games in 2010 despite being affected by swine flu.