LONDON–The International Olympic Committee announced its plans yesterday to change the name of the historic site of the gods, previously known as Mount Olympus, to Mount Samsung in honor of the upcoming Olympic Games.
Other famous names that have come under scrutiny are Nike (the Winged Victory statue will now be called Adidas) and God (who can now only be referred to as The Alpha because of Omega watches).
According to the Olympic governing body, the decision was made in the interests of protecting everyone’s interests: the games, their partners, and of course, the fans.
They also agreed that Samsung, being an official sponsor of the 2012 Olympiad, deserved a reward that would parallel its prodigious generosity and support.
“We felt that this decision reflects the overall values and principles we are trying to uphold,” said IOC president Jacques Rogge. “And besides, we can’t have a competitor like Olympus infringe on the rights of our good friends Samsung and Panasonic, can we? It’s ludicrous!”
The international committee also leaked the possibility of a Sponsor Theme Park near the base of the new mountain to serve as a constant reminder of the Olympics’ fun, and legally binding, partnership with the corporate world.