The great sports conspiracy

You can't fool the Iranians, who have rumbled that the 2012 Olympic Games is a cunning plan to promote the interests of Israel. Their delegation protested to the International Olympic Committee this week that the official logo for the London Olympiad spells the word "Zion". But what the Iranians have so far failed to spot is that one of London mascots is wearing a red Kabbalah bracelet: the figure, Mandeville, is named after Stoke Mandeville, where the first Paralympics was staged by Sir Ludwig Guttman (just don't mention his religion).

    Last updated: 10:54am, March 3 2011