Jul 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jill Biden to travel to opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics

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First lady Jill Biden will travel to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 23, the White House announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The White House's announcement comes a week after Japan's Olympics minister said that the Games — which are scheduled to run until Aug. 8 — will be held without spectators after Japan declared a COVID-19 state of emergency in its capital.

  • The White House said it would provide additional details on the first lady's traveling plans later.
  • President Biden will not be attending the Games, but "will be rooting for the athletes," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month.

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