U.S. first lady to attend opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 23. This was announced Tuesday, July 13, by her spokesman Michael La Rosa on Twitter.

“The First Lady will attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics…We will provide details shortly. Go USA!” – the spokesman’s message reads.

On July 8, it became known that the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, as part of the coronavirus restrictions, decided not to allow local residents to attend sporting events to be held in the metropolitan area. Thus, the competitions will be held without spectators in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba.

The same day the media reported, citing the Minister for Economic Reconstruction of Japan Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates the activities of the central headquarters to combat the spread of coronavirus, that the Japanese government is introducing a state of emergency (ES) in Tokyo due to the spread of COVID-19. The state will be in effect from July 12 to August 22.

Earlier, on June 21, it was reported that the organizers of the Olympic Games – 2020 set a limit of 10 thousand Japanese spectators in the stands and not more than 50% of the occupancy of sports facilities.

The Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo were to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competitions were postponed by a year. Now they will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 without the participation of foreign fans. The name of the Games – “Tokyo 2020” – has been retained.