Korean participation in PyeongChang Paralympics sends message of peace

Korean participation in PyeongChang Paralympics sends message of peace

Korean participation in PyeongChang Paralympics sends message of peace

Those athletes will compete as "Neutral Paralympic Athletes" and are prohibited from carrying the Russian flag or singing the national anthem.

Moon sought to use the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Games to try to broker dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang in a bid to ease the nuclear standoff between them.

"(The Russian Paralympic Committee) have two criteria they need to meet", Parsons said in an interview with Kyodo News.

North Korean athletes and delegates arrived in the South Wednesday to take part in the Winter Paralympics, as part of an Olympics-driven detente between the two neighbours. "And the reinstatement of RUSADA", the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, by the World Anti-Doping Agency, he said. "I'm really optimistic we will smash the record for our biggest worldwide TV audience outside of the host market". The IPC could also prevent Russian Federation from attending the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons (4th from L), PyeongChang 2018 organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom (5th from L) and South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan (3rd from R) pose for a photo with officials during the Paralympic Truce Mural Signing Ceremony at the athletes' village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on March 8, 2018.

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"In the Olympic games, they sent a strong message of peace, that sport is something that can bring people together".

Two sit-skiers will be representing the North in Nordic skiing events.

Both Koreas reportedly settled on a resolution earlier to march together at the opening ceremony, however no explanation for cancelling the decision was provided.

"And I think they were very big during the Olympics - the built terrain that they'd made was very sharp and quite aggressive, and I think in taking that out, they maybe went a little bit too far".

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