Olympians Banned from Social

No tweeting for Australian athletes in Sochi.

Australian athletes have been banned from tweeting at the Sochi games.     Photo: Kenny Louie/Flickr

It’s not a good time to be an Olympian from Australia.

Last week, Australian athletes competing at the Sochi Winter Games were confined to their barracks for security reasons. Now they’re prohibited from tweeting in the team bus as well.

The Australian Olympic Committee forbid the athletes from using social media in Russia to avoid a repeat of the London games when the country’s swimmers blamed Twitter and Facebook for their poor performances in the pool. 

The social ban follows the announcement last week restricting the winter competitors to Olympic precincts after the bombings in Volgograd.   

"No social media, no partying, and no personal devices allowed at the Winter Olympics for Aus team," tweeted Ausie snowboarder Scotty James. "Cheers Australian swim team."

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