Growing Paralympic movement: Canada aiming to top 16 medals won in Sochi

Growing Paralympic movement: Canada aiming to top 16 medals won in Sochi

Growing Paralympic movement: Canada aiming to top 16 medals won in Sochi

This is the first time ever for North Korea to participate in the Winter Paralympics and the North's players and officials will return home on March 15.

Ukrainian athletes in Pyeongchang will perform in three disciplines - biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. What an outstanding effort by our great Canadian team, which earned a record 29 medals (11 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze), along with accolades to the Koreans for being the ideal hosts as well as providing excellent facilities and first class sporting venues for every event.

South and North Korea will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics, as they did at the Olympics last month, because they can not agree on a united flag that erases islands disputed with Japan, officials said.

The IPC was also reluctant use the flag with Dokdo and said that it wants the two Koreas to use the same Korean Unification Flag that was carried in at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games a month ago. He talked of the process which the IOC had begun in 2014 to get the athletes from the National Olympic Committee of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the Olympic Winter Games.

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.

Both Japan and South Korea claim the islands, as does North Korea.

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The skier said his competitive spirit may show itself during the opening ceremonies.

Tonga's Pita Taufatofua, China's Liu Jiayu, USA's Lindsey Vonn, North Korea's Kim Ju Sik, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and South Korea's Yun Sungbin.

"Although we are disappointed, we respect the decision of the two [National Paralympic Committees] who decided that marching separately would be better for both parties", IPC president Andrew Parsons said.

USA Today reported a snowmobile he was riding landed on his leg in 2008 and that the injury forced Schultz to have his left leg amputated above the knee.

Stefan Kuerten, Director EBU Sport says, "We are very proud of our longstanding association with the IPC and the Paralympic Games and it is great to once again see such interest in PyeongChang 2018".

The curtain is all set to rise on the first Korean Paralympic Games.

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