Michelle Obama announced on Tuesday that she will lead the US delegation to the opening ceremonies of the London Olympic Games. The opening ceremony will take place on 27 July 2012.
advised that Obama announced this when attending an event with Samantha Cameron, wife of the visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
She also used the meeting to promote her "Let's Move
" initiative which is intended to tackle the national epidemic of childhood abesity in the US. The initiative recommends physical activity and also healthy nutrition.
Obama said in a statement: "In the months ahead, I'll be talking to Americans all across the country to encourage even more young people to tap into that Olympic spirit and turn their inspiration into action."
She further said: "As the Olympic creed states, 'the most important thing ... is not to win, but to take part.' And that doesn't just mean sitting and watching, it means getting up and getting active as well."
Further delegates to accompany Obama to London will be announced by the White House in the coming months.