Team USA reportedly tells athletes not to take their phones to Winter Olympics

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US athletes heading to the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month have reportedly been leave your personal phone behind amid security concerns.

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Team USA has encouraged Americans competing in the Games to take burner phones to prevent potential surveillance, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal.

Team USA and the International Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The report comes after the Biden administration confirmed in December No US official will attend the 2022 Winter Olympics In Beijing, China staged a diplomatic boycott against human rights violations.

“In view of the ongoing genocide of the PRC and crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the press secretary said. Jen Psaki said during a press briefing In December. “We have our full support for Team USA athletes.”

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The Winter Olympic Games begin on 4 February and include seven new sports such as monoboob – a women’s-only bobsled competition.

How to Watch the Beijing Winter Olympics: Everything to Know

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