Organising committee official warns against ‘any behaviour or speech that is against the Olympic spirit’
It comes shortly after human rights advocates told athletes they were better off staying silent for the duration of the Games and amid concerns over the online security of attendees’ data contained in a mandatory phone app.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Yang Shu, the deputy director of international relations for the Beijing organising committee, said athletes could face cancellation of accreditation or other “certain punishments”.
“Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I’m sure will be protected,” said Yang. “Any behaviour or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against the Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment.”
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