The Hill reports:
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) today urged the Biden administration to ensure protections for U.S. athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics, warning about China potentially trying to collect athletes’ DNA, among other concerns.
The senator detailed his concerns in a letter to President Biden that requested more information on how the U.S. will prepare for next year’s games in Beijing, saying the 2022 Olympics will pose “unique challenges for the safety, security, and privacy of Americans who attend.”
Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote that China “considers DNA collection a vital intelligence-gathering objective,” warning that officials should be aware of potential Chinese government efforts to obtain samples from athletes.
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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., one of the early backers of the theory that the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab, warned that Beijing could collect genetic material from U.S. athletes participating in next year’s Winter Olympics https://t.co/GQYywcBllw
— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) June 16, 2021
I hope they don’t mix that DNA with frog DNA like in Jurassic Park or those cloned athletes will be able to change their sex and won’t be able to compete in Florida
— Roger (@Robail) June 15, 2021
‘Moron’ Tom Cotton slammed after bizarre remarks suggesting China might take DNA from US Olympic athletes https://t.co/dVjaikFVgY
— AlterNet (@AlterNet) June 16, 2021