TOKYO (Japan) - It was one of the highlights of Day 1 for 3x3 at the Olympics on July 24, 2021: French President Emmanuel Macron and the First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden in the bleachers of the 3x3 Olympic venue.
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Not only were they celebrating every basket of the France-USA women’s game, they also addressed the players immediately after the games from the bleachers for long minutes, in what almost seemed like a flash interview.
President Macron addressed the media after the games and spoke very highly of the new Olympic discipline: “It was the first time I saw 3x3 with my own eyes and I must say it’s amazing. […] It is quite impressive, physically speaking. It’s 10 minutes, nonstop with a form of self-management, that is stunning.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda liked 3x3 so much that he came in the morning to watch Poland-Latvia… and came back at 7pm to watch the team again beat Japan in a dramatic overtime.
The games were also attended by Captains Regent of San Marino Marco Nicolini and Gian Carlo Venturini.
The Head of State visits will continue on Day 2 with Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene in attendance as his women’s 3x3 national team became the first-ever Mongolian team to compete at the Olympics (the country had only participated in individual sports to this day).