Did China give Olympics 2022 athletes AWESOME gifts like Samsung gadgets, and a personalised necklace?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2022-02-12 : Added the actual price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Olympic Edition, and other updates.
Originally posted @ 2022-02-07
Claim : China Gave Olympics 2022 Athletes These AWESOME Gifts!
This video and message are going viral on WhatsApp, claiming to show the awesome gifts that China gave Olympic Games 2022 athletes.
Truth : China Did NOT Give Olympics 2022 Athletes Those Awesome Gifts!
This is yet another example of pro-China fake news circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Video Was Taken By Petra Nieminen
The video was misappropriated by the fake news creator, probably because it has the comment – Beijing 2022 gifts for athletes.
This video was actually taken by Petra Nieminen, a hockey player from Finland, who was showing off the free gifts she received since arriving in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Fact #2 : Gifts Not Prepared, Nor Given By China
The gifts Petra showed in the video were neither prepared, nor sponsored, by China – the host country for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Incidentally, Samsung will also be giving them to athletes at the upcoming Paralympic Games!
The personalised necklace with the ring was given to the athletes by Lumoava – the official Olympic partner of the Finnish team.
Fact #3 : No Evidence Athletes Shouted Mamma Mia
There is no known report of any athlete shouting Mamma Mia on getting their gifts. It is also a silly claim since it’s an Italian expression.
Fact #4 : The Gifts Do Not Cost So Much
The fake news creator made up the value of these gifts, falsely claiming that the Samsung smartphone cost $7,999.
The personalised Lumoava Brilliance Pendant 4 necklace, which is engraved with the words “Olympic Team Finland Beijing 2022” costs €124 or about US$142.
Fact #5 : Lumoava Necklace Limited To Finnish Athletes
From what I understand, the Lumoava necklace was made specially for Finnish athletes, and was not given to athletes from other countries.
Teams from different countries received different gifts from their partners. For example, Team USA received gear from Skims, while Team Canada received special Lululemon gear.
Fact #6 : China Can Spy On Athletes Without HUAWEI Smartphones
The fake message mocked Western media for fearing HUAWEI smartphones. The truth is – China can spy on Olympic athletes without giving them HUAWEI smartphones.
All participants in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are required to install and use the My 2022 app, which ostensibly is used to keep everyone connected and informed about services, food, transportation, etc.
The problem is one cybersecurity researcher, Jonathan Scott, recently reverse-engineered the app, and found that it was capable of recording and sending audio to servers based in China.
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