President Barack Obama on Tuesday attended the first of four sports meet with the athletes, coaches and staff of the United States Olympic Committee.
The White House is expecting the USOC president to meet with some of the nation’s best athletes, track and field athletes and the most decorated Olympians from around the world, including American athletes such as Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, the first African-American to win a gold medal in the 100-meter dash.
The USOC will be hosting the meeting, which is being held in Washington DC, as well as a special ceremony for the US Olympic Committee’s centenary.
The president will be joined by US Olympic Association president Michael Phelps and US Track and Field Association chief executive Steve Lillywhite.
It is not known whether Obama will meet the IOC president, who is in the United Kingdom to attend the Commonwealth Games.
Obama is the third president to attend an Olympic Games, following former US President Jimmy Carter in 2008 and then-president Bill Clinton in 1992.
He has visited London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he has hosted the world’s best sporting events and visited the Sochi Olympics stadium and the Olympic village.
US President Barack Obamas son Malia, who was born in Kenya, is the USA’s first African American president.
Obamas daughters Sasha, 6, and Malia Obama, 2, are also athletes at the White House.
The President’s first USO visit to Britain came in September 2014, when he visited a sports complex in south London.
Obama met with the British team and some of their staff at the National Sport Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He then travelled to London to meet the players of the Olympic sailing team at the Thames Valley Racecourse.
The athletes were there to sign autographs, pose for photos and have a look around.
The President also met with members of the US women’s sailing team in November 2014.
The USO team visited the London Games in 2016 and returned to the US after an abbreviated five-day visit.
Obama’s first Olympic visit came during the 2016 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The trip was a chance to meet athletes from all around the globe and was the first time the President had met the athletes during the Olympics.
He also made an appearance at the 2017 London Paralympics, where the US men’s gymnastics team won gold.
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