Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display

Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display

North Korean officials said they do "not accept the fact that Dokdo can not be marked due to political issues held in Korea", Reuters reported. Nearly every Asian nation has increased the size of their team with China trebling their cohort and Japan doubling theirs.

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The APC supported the DPRK athletes through a financial grant that enabled them to attend a World Cup event which in turn led to them being offered bi-partite slots for PyeongChang.

A spectacular firework display over Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium heralded the opening of the biggest Winter Paralympics yet, with a record 567 athletes from 48 countries taking part.

The doping scandal that ensnared Russian Federation then has persisted, however, with only members of its delegation who fulfilled a thorough history of drug testing and deemed clean by the International Paralympic Committee permitted to compete here as neutrals.

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Competition begins on Saturday.

Starting with the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, and the Winter Games in 1992 in Albertville, France, the games coincided with the Olympic Games. "Medals at Winter Games are harder to win as there has been a tendency at the Paralympics to reduce the number of individual events, compressing them into groups", said Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee. He is the flag-bearer for today's opening ceremonies.

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18 members of the team have won a Paralympic medal.

On January 29, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that it kept in force the suspension of the RPC after receiving an update from the IPC Taskforce responsible for monitoring the RPC's progress in meeting the reinstatement criteria.

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Arendz has been at other Paralympic Games where athletes were spread out in satellite villages, but this time everyone is together.

In another development of the inter Korean diplomacy so prominently boosted by the Olympics last month, North Korea indeed will be participating at the Paralympics for the first time.

Athletes from each country will enter the venue in order of the Korean alphabet, ahead of a speech by South Korean president Moon Jae-In.

Despite the separated marches, there was a moment of unity later in the ceremony as one of the North Korean skiers, Ma, carried the Paralympic torch alongside South Korean cross-country skier Choi Bogue.

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