Democrat President Joe Biden is going to remain at home for the opening of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo next month, but he will be represented there by his wife Jill Biden.
According to a report by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, cited by Reuters, the First Lady will be in Tokyo at the Olympic opening ceremonies on July 23 in her husband’s stead.
The newspaper also claims that she is going to meet with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the capacity of representative of the White House.
Reuters pointed out that France, which is going to host the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024, is sending their President Emmanuel Macron.
Twitter users have reacted with a storm of comments to the report that “unelected” Jill is going to replace Joe at the Olympic opening, with many saying Joe Biden is “sleepy”, “incapable”, or “too frail”.
Last week, the first lady was sent to Mississippi and Tennessee in order to add White House luster to the push for increasing coronavirus vaccinations in these states.
The 78-year-old Democrat president did travel to Europe for summits with the G-7, NATO, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin but he has left a lot of the traveling to others such as Vice President Kamala Harris.
In fact, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s President, after recently hosting Harris, admitted that he had called her “president”, a New York Post report revealed.
Covid struck Olympics
The already postponed Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to be held last year, are happening amid grave concerns by the Japanese public that they could cause a spike in COVID-19 infections.
According to another report by the Yomiuri Shimbun, in order to address those concerns, the Olympics organizers are going to have athletes from countries with a ranging delta variant of the virus tested for seven days before they go to Japan.
The measures are going to be valid for athletes from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
These new COVID-19 testing rules are going to be made official on July 1.
Athletes from other countries are going to have to take coronavirus tests two times in the four days before going to Tokyo.
Last Friday, Tamayo Marukawa, the Olympics minister, announced that an athlete from the Ugandan Olympic team tested positive for COVID-19, and had the delta variant.
The organizers of the games are going to limit Olympic venues to up to 10,000 fans, or to 50% capacity if the venues are smaller.
What is more, the foreign fans will be banned from cheering the athletes.
All fans are going to be Japanese as per a March ban saying that the only foreigners coming to the Olympics could be the athletic teams.