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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Koreas will not march together at Winter Paralympics opening

Koreas will not march together at Winter Paralympics opening

The residential building in question is located in the PyeongChang Paralympics athletes village, and the flag was put up by two members of the North Korean delegation staying in building no. 102.

South Korean won its first ever sliding medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, a skeleton men's gold and men's four-man bobsleigh silver.

These athletes will be prohibited from displaying the Russian flag or playing the national anthem, akin to the treatment of the Olympic Athletes from Russia at the Pyeongchang Games.

Interest in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, which start on Friday, is gaining momentum on the ground.

The atmosphere of peace created around these Olympic Games could have its climax in the summit of presidents of the two countries, scheduled for April, when they are expected to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula and reunification.

"The IOC made great progress in opening up dialogue between the two nations ahead of last month's Olympic Winter Games and I think having North Korea participate in Pyeongchang 2018 is a great step forward for the Paralympic Movement".

"We are not anxious about fitting everything in - there are plans in place".

The unified Korean banner that features a blue map of the Korean Peninsula on a white background.

В Пхенчхане состоялась церемония открытия Паралимпиады-2018
Koreas will not march together at Winter Paralympics opening

Regardless, the organisers are hoping the event will send another strong message of peace, dispelling worries that the North's participation could be misused for the secretive state's propaganda agenda.

The islets, called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, are controlled by Seoul but are also claimed by Tokyo.

An additional 300 hours of live streams, across all six sports - alpine skiing, para ice hockey, cross-country skiing, biathlon, para snowboarding and wheelchair curling - will be available at CBC.ca/sports/paralympics and the CBC Sports app.

Earlier, President Bach was made an honorary citizen of Seoul.

But the talks broke down in 2008 after failing to agree on how to verify the North's commitments, and in 2009 North Korea conducted its second nuclear weapons test.

"We work just as hard as the Olympians", she said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

"We have been working closely with the organising committee but when it comes to the skiing we have to see how it goes - and see about the quality and how much snow we have". "We are privileged to work with them and are sure they will continue the terrific success that Team Canada had in February in PyeongChang".

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