North Korean Athletes Arrive South For Paralympics

6 Mar 2018- 15:01:00

Hundreds of athletes have descended on Pyeongchang, high in the snow-clad mountains of South Korea, for the Winter Paralympics.

I am sure that most of us have all recovered from staying up late or getting up really early to watch those wonderful 2018 Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang County, South Korea for three thrilling weeks.

The decision was made after "a day of amicable and positive discussions between the two NPCs in the Paralympic village", he added.

Meanwhile, Canada's Brian McKeever is a hardened Paralympian, competing at every Winter Games since 2002, winning multiple golds at each one.

Cross-country skiers Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol are the only two competitors from the isolated state, although it is unclear whether they will parade alongside South Korean athletes at the opening ceremony, as happened at the Winter Olympics.

North Korea's controversial participation within the Olympics helped ease tensions between the North and the U.S., and Japan, over its nuclear and missiles packages which it conducts in defiance of UN Safety Council resolutions and sanctions.

Here is all the information on the Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony.

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"I think having North Korea participate in Pyeongchang 2018 is a great step forward for the Paralympic movement".

The rapprochement between the two countries took place after Kim Jong Un announced, at the beginning of the year, his willingness to send a delegation to the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

IPC president Andrew Parsons this week said classification was "one of the major issues" facing Paralympic sports, and organisers will have their work cut out avoiding controversies in Pyeongchang. To be able to lead Canada into the Opening Ceremony is a wonderful thing.

In October, ticket sales looked like they were going to be at an all-time low for the Paralympics in PyeongChang, with South Korean media reporting just 0.2% of available tickets had been sold.

Ahead of last month's Winter Olympics, Japan was angered after a unification flag - which depicts a pale blue sihouette of the peninsula - used at a practice of the Koreas' combined women's ice hockey team showed a blue dot indicating the islands.

In a press conference here today, Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom said he was "very proud" of the improved dialogue between the two Koreas.

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