Team USA reportedly tells athletes not to bring their phones to the Winter Olympics

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

Team USA has encouraged Americans competing in the games to use burner phones to avoid potential surveillance, according to a Friday report by The Wall Street Journal.

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

The report comes after the Biden administration confirmed in December that no US officials will attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, organizing a diplomatic boycott against China’s human rights violations.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” the press secretary said. Jen Psaki said during a press conference in December “Team USA athletes have our full support.”

The Winter Olympics begin on February 4 and include seven new sports such as the monobob, a women-only bobsled competition.

Read more: How to watch the Beijing Winter Olympics: everything you need to know

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