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First lady Jill Biden to lead U.S. delegation to Tokyo Summer Olympics

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks on the National Mall from the Truman balcony of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 4. Photo by Michael Reynolds/UPI
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks on the National Mall from the Truman balcony of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 4. Photo by Michael Reynolds/UPI | License Photo

July 13 (UPI) -- First lady Jill Biden will lead the official U.S. delegation to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this month, the White House announced on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden said earlier this year that he would not be part of the delegation going to Japan, but it was unclear whether Jill Biden might fill that role.

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The first lady will travel to the Opening Ceremony of the Games on July 23.

In its announcement, the White House said it would soon reveal further details about the trip.

Her visit to Tokyo will be Jill Biden's second official trip abroad. For her first, she accompanied the president to Europe for several days last month.

The first lady has recently been on the road in the United States as a COVID-19 vaccine ambassador in an effort to encourage residents to get inoculated. She's traveled to Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, Missouri and West Virginia.

Tokyo won't be Jill Biden's first time leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympics. Both Bidens were part of the official delegation that represented the United States during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, when Joe Biden was vice president and Jill was second lady.

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Japan announced last week that no fans will be allowed to attend the Games, due to an extended state of emergency in Tokyo due to a surge of coronavirus cases. The emergency will last until after the Olympics are over.

The Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to run from July 23 through Aug. 8.

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Simone Biles stands on the floor after winning the gold medal in the floor exercise at the Olympic Arena of the Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

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