South Korea president Moon Jae-in opens Winter Paralympics

South Korea president Moon Jae-in opens Winter Paralympics

It is the latest sign of an intense rapprochement between the North and South that began at the Winter Olympics in February.

The Winter Paralympic Games have kicked off in PyeongChang. The event featuring multiple winter sports will emphasize inspiration, determination, courage and equality.

Seo Soon-seok and Kim Eun-jung of South Korea take the flame during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on March 9, 2018.

25 athletes will be competing at the Paralympic Games for the first time.

Yamamoto also has new motivation: his wife Sachiko gave birth to their first child, Shunta, less than a week before the beginning of the games. The guides will also receive a medal if the athletes they are helping win a place on the podium. Those are para-alpine skiing, para-biathlon, para-cross-country skiing, para-ice hockey, para-snowboarding and wheelchair curling. The host nation has set out to collect one gold, one silver and two bronze medals to finish inside the top 10.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially declared open the Winter Paralympic Games here this evening after a vibrant and colourful ceremony that emphasised passion and co-existence, Inside the Games reports.

At the last winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Poles failed to come away with any medals.

Japan had complained to South Korea about fans waving the flag at a women's ice hockey game last month between the combined North and South Korean team and Sweden. "I'll be trying my hardest to hold back the tears during the opening ceremony".

Wheelchair Curling appeared for the first time during the 2006 Torino Winter Games.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said in a speech that a record number of countries are feeling at home in PyeongChang, thanks to the warm welcome they received.

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Earlier this week, the Blue House said North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons if its own safety can be guaranteed.

The opening ceremony will also see the end of the torch relay that began last Friday. A total of 800 torchbearers participated in groups of two to complete the 2,018 km distance.

The opening ceremony will be presented under the theme of "Passion moves us", which highlights Paralympians' passion to perform beyond their limitations and use their energy as an inspiration to achieve unity and harmony around the world.

The two Korean nations agreed to "respect each other's stance and march separately" following the flag disagreement, BBC reported.

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