North, South Korea to march separately Paralympics opening ceremony


The ceremony later followed with dancers' performance, and North Koreans clapped their hands, while waving their national flags.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 9-18.

Parsons said during a press conference at the Main Press Centre in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers of Seoul, that he is excited for the 12th Winter Paralympic Games that will kick off their 10-day journey Friday.

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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. IOC President Thomas Bach has reportedly accepted an invitation to visit the North Korean capital at an undetermined date as part of an agreement between the IOC and the two Koreas.

The pair made their worldwide debuts in a tournament in January in Oberried, Germany.

Gourley will contest all five alpine skiing events in pursuit of his first medal, with his best effort a fifth in the super-combined four years ago in Sochi. The company previously commemorated the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a limited-edition Galaxy S7 Edge which featured an Onyx Black finish with blue accents, though that particular model also had a limited commercial run.

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Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said the athletes had been given "bipartite" slots for the games, meaning they had not been able to meet the full qualification criteria.

The athletic delegation, which plans to return to North Korea on March 15, is led by Kim Mun-chol, chairman of the central committee of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled, and vice chairman Jong Hyon.

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