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Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony, White House says

Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony, White House says

Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic as the head of the US delegation to Japan.

The White House confirmed the First Lady’s attendance at the games, which begin on 23 July, in an announcement on Tuesday.

It marks the second time Dr Biden has led Team USA to an Olympics having done so in 2010 along with her husband and then vice president, Joe Biden, for the Winter games in Vancouver, Canada.

The first lady will travel alone to Japan with Team USA for the opening ceremony, after the White House confirmed last month that US president Joe Bill would not attend.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said last month the a delegation for Team USA would go instead, with speculation that Dr Biden would travel to Tokyo.

Her team told CNN last Thursday that an assessment was still being carried out on whether the first lady would travel to Japan, where a state of emergency has been announced for the host city because of Covid.

Organisers last week announced that spectators would be banned from almost all events in Tokyo, and in other locations outside of the host city, including at Fukushima.

“The President supports the Tokyo Olympic Games and the public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff, and spectators,” said Ms Psaki to reporters last week.

“He has pride in the US athletes who have trained for Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit”.

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