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No change in U.S. plans for Tokyo Olympics: White House spokeswoman

Kyodo News reported that White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the United States has not made any changes to its plans regarding this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. “Nothing has changed about our plans,” Psaki said at a press conference when asked whether President Joe Biden thinks it is safe at this point to send U.S. athletes to Japan. She did not elaborate.


Kyodo said that since taking office on Jan. 20, President Biden has not made any public statements on the Tokyo Summer Games, which are scheduled to open on July 23 after being postponed from last summer due to the virus outbreak. The wire service added that the outlook for the Games remains clouded since the state of emergency covering Tokyo and other regions was extended by one month to March 7.


Kyodo said that although Psaki has already been asked multiple times whether President Biden feels the Olympics can safely go on, she has yet to offer a clear answer, possibly due to the sensitivity of the issue. In late January, President Biden and Prime Minister Suga held phone talks, but the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were not among the topics that were discussed, according to Japanese government officials.

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