- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2014

The U.S. Olympic Committee has warned athletes to keep their Team USA uniforms under wraps outside of the games’ venues amid heightened concerns about security in Sochi, Russia.

“The U.S. Department of State has advised that wearing conspicuous Team USA clothing in non-accredited areas may put your personal safety at greater risk,” said the memo, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The memo details other steps that athletes can take to ensure their safety while competing in the games, including enrolling in a State Department traveler program, the report said.

The stream of terror threats is expected to continue in the run-up to the winter games beginning Feb. 7.


State and Defense department officials are involved in contingency planning, but said Friday there were “no specific evacuation plans on the shelf ready to pull off” in the event of an emergency, USA Today reported.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said last week that ships were being deployed to the Black Sea, but “there’s been no mission assigned to them,” the report said.