Washington — First Lady Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the White House announced Tuesday.
Biden will attend the opening ceremony on July 23, without President Joe Biden. This will be my first overseas trip as a first lady.
She last participated in the game in 2010, when she and her husband led a US delegation to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
This year’s match will be held without fans on the stands after the state of emergency was declared in Tokyo.
Japan’s vaccination efforts, a major US ally, are losing momentum due to supply shortages.
Jill Biden was vaccinated in January before her husband became president.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki previously told reporters that the team had been sent to Tokyo to assess the feasibility of Jill Biden’s visit. Last week she said the president is still supporting US athletes traveling there for competition, despite the increasing number of cases of the CCP virus.
“We are fully aware of the careful preparations made by the Government and the International Commission, including the public health measures needed to protect athletes, staff and spectators. Therefore, as mentioned above, the Games We support the progress of the government, “said Pusaki.
The former First Lady has also represented the United States at the Olympics.
Hillary Clinton participated in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Laura Bush led a delegation to the Turin Olympics in 2006. She also accompanied President George W. Bush to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
Michelle Obama led the delegation to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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