Koreas will not march together at Winter Paralympics opening

6 Mar 2018- 15:01:00

The television and media coverage of those games, no matter what time of the day or night it may have been was absolutely wonderful from start to finish, and hopefully we will be able to tune in once again from March 9th to the 18th when Pyeongchang will play host to the 2018 Paralympics Games.

The 26-year-old Red Lodge-based athlete will be taking part in his first Games, and along with team-mates James Barnes-Miller and Ben Moore will become the first British athletes in history to compete in para-snowboard at the Paralympic Games. Over the next 10 days, more than 80 medals will be awarded across the sports.

The IPC had offered both countries the chance to march together under the same conditions as last month's Olympic Winter Games.

The IPC then decided that it did not want any further debate on the issue and recommended the two Koreas march in separately at the PyeongChang Paralympics opening ceremony, according to the KPC.

The North had wanted disputed islands to be put on a unified flag but the South disagreed. South Korea is nine hours ahead of the United Kingdom so the Korean Standard Times for the Games are 8pm and 9.50pm.

Two North Korean sit skiers, Ma Yu-chol and Kim Jong-hyon, received a special invitation from the International Paralympic Committee.

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IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement that "Although we are disappointed, we respect the decision of the two NPCs (national Paralympic committees) who decided that marching separately would be better for both parties".

Bach praised the inter-Korean dialogue that took place through the Olympics, saying, "I would like to congratulate the two governments for using this Olympic momentum to drive talks forward on a political level". The banked slalom event, new to this year's Paralympics, will be held March 16.

A lifelong lover of action sports, Schultz suffered a severe compound fracture of his left leg after crashing his snowmobile in 2008. "Which is good... Blind guy will just wander all over".

Samsung Electronics CMO and Executive Vice President, Younghee Lee, said, "At PyeongChang 2018, we will continue to leverage our technological advancements to inspire the #DoWhatYouCant spirit and motivate more people to be involved in the Paralympic Movement".

With only 11% of tickets remaining, the Paralympics are ahead of Olympic sales in percentage terms.

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