Jun 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden reaffirms support for Summer Olympics

Protesters march in front of the metropolitan government building during a demonstration against the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games

Protesters march in front of a government building during a demonstration against the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

President Biden reaffirmed his support for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo during a meeting this weekend with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide at the G7 summit.

State of play: The games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 and come as Japan navigates recent spikes in coronavirus cases.

The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association, a group of around 6,000 doctors, had previously written a letter calling for Japan to cancel the Olympics.

What they're saying: The U.S. president expressed "support for the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward with all public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff and spectators," per a White House readout of Biden's conversation with Suga.

  • “President Biden expressed pride in the U.S. athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit."

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