TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron and United States First Lady Jill Biden watched their compatriots get tangled up on the 3 × 3 basketball court during the sports’ Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday, the Americans winning an upset victory.
Macron and Biden are among the few dignitaries to attend the delayed Games, with Japan and much of the world still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The French president was seated in the third row of the court, wearing a tie but no jacket on a scorching evening. Macron and Biden both wore face masks and, after a brief salute, the first lady sat a row behind him in accordance with social distancing standards.
Biden jumped to his feet and cheered as the clock ticked on with the U.S. team winning 17-10 over No.1-ranked France, marking the first upheaval in the sport’s Olympic debut.
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In 3 × 3 basketball, played on a half court with three players on each side, a team wins by reaching 21 points or having the most baskets at the end of 10 minutes of play.
The medal games will take place on Wednesday after a round robin tournament of eight teams each for men and women.
Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Ken Ferris
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