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US to send UN envoy Thomas-Greenfield for Olympics closing event

People walk past the National Stadium on July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- President Joe Biden said Friday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will represent the United States at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 8.

    The games' opening ceremony on July 23 was attended by first lady Jill Biden, making it the first time since 2012 for the wife of a U.S. president to lead the country's delegation of Olympic athletes.

    Other members of the presidential delegation to attend the closing ceremony include Raymond Greene, who assumed the role of U.S. interim ambassador to Japan on July 17, according to the White House.

    The post of U.S. ambassador to Japan has been vacant since July 2019. Greene was formerly deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto embassy.

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