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Star athlete Simone Biles arrives in Belize today

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016. 10:27 a.m. CST.

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By BBN Staff: Last week, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles would be arriving in Belize for a motorcade and invited the general public to come out.

Biles made international headlines this past summer at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; winning four gold medals.

In several interviews, Biles shared her experiences in Belize and her relationship with her grandmother who is of Belizean origin. She also dominated headlines for claiming strong ties to Belize.

The BTB had invited Biles and her teammates following her historic performance in Rio. Today, she will be welcomed with a motorcade and an official welcome ceremony to be held at the Battlefield park where other Belizean athletes will also be present.

While many are excited to see the young Olympian claiming Belizean roots, social media has been wrought criticism over BTB’s means of promoting the country.

The motorcade will leave Biltmore Plaza, make its way down Cemetery Road, Orange Street, Albert Street and Battlefield Park. It begins at 4:00 p.m.

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