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Team GB stars warned about Chinese SPIES at Beijing Winter Olympics and asked to leave cell phones at home

TEAM GB stars have been advised to leave their personal cell phones at home – to prevent them from being damaged by Chinese spies at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The British Olympic Association has offered ‘practical advice’ to athletes traveling to China about the potential cybersecurity risks of being in the country.

Team GB stars have been warned about their phones being damaged by Chinese spies

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Team GB stars have been warned about their phones being damaged by Chinese spiesCredit: Getty
Beijing Winter Olympics kicks off on February 4

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Beijing Winter Olympics kicks off on February 4Credit: Alamy

Temporary ‘recorder’ phones will be provided for the duration of the trip and we understand these have been arranged for BOA staff.

This is a policy that has been implemented by the Dutch Olympic committee, who are concerned about personal phones being infected with spyware to track future movements or being monitored by security services. security.

The Winter Olympics started on February 4 but have been affected by the ongoing Covid crisis and China’s allegations of human rights abuses.

In the IOC closed-loop system, internet access should not be restricted, allowing athletes, officials and the media to surf the web and access Twitter, Facebook or Google.

This contrasts with the general public in China, where the platforms for those American internet giants are blocked by the Great Firewall of the State.

BOA officials will fly to the Far East next week and hope to have a tour team of nearly 60 athletes.

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A Team GB spokesperson said: “We’ve provided practical advice to athletes and staff so they can make their own choices about whether they bring their personal devices to the gym. Olympics or not.

“In places where they don’t want to take their devices, we’ve provided temporary devices for them to use.”

Last month, Boris Johnson announced that the UK would join a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics over China’s record on human rights.

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