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Athletes Given an Unprecedented Warning Before Competing in Beijing Winter Olympics

Added 01-13-22 08:45:03pm EST - “Despite evidence of abuses from the Chinese Communist Party, the 2022 Olympics are still set to take place in Beijing, China, next month.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Before Competing in China, Olympic Athletes Given Unprecedented Warning to Leave Gear at Home”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Despite evidence of human rights abuses from the Chinese Communist Party, the 2022 Winter Olympics are still set to take place in Beijing, China, next month. Ahead of these events, at least one country has warned their athletes about the threats they may face.

According to Reuters, the Dutch Olympic Committee has told its athletes not to bring any personal phones or computers when they travel to Beijing, citing cybersecurity concerns.

“The importance of cybersecurity of course has grown over the years,” committee spokesman Geert Slot said. “But China has completely closed off its internet, which makes it a specific case.”

The direction was part of a larger plan developed by officials from the Netherlands in hopes of protecting their athletes from Chinese surveillance.

Instead of using their personal devices, Dutch athletes will be provided unused phones and computers in China to ensure their personal data is not stolen, Reuters reported.

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