Pyeongchang, Mar. 9 (BNA): The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games kicked off on Friday with an opening ceremony emphasising passion and coexistence.
An additional KRW240 million (USD$223,200) was spent on the visit of a high-level North Korean delegation, which included Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong, to the South on the occasion of the Olympic opening ceremony.
The International Paralympic Committee says 30 athletes from Russian Federation will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutral athletes after being subjected to extra testing. The first event was held in Sweden. The competitions for athletes with disabilities became more popular following World War II, offering veterans who had been injured during wartime a chance to compete. Neither are on the roster of Neutral Paralympic Athletes competing in the sport in Pyeongchang. South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time. The guides will also receive a medal if the athletes they are helping win a place on the podium.
The Paralympic Games is a huge global multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities.
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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had offered both countries the chance to march together under the same conditions as last month's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
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The Paralympic cauldron was lit by Seo Soonseok, the skip of South Korea's men's wheelchair curling team, who had been handed the flame by one of the stars of the Winter Olympics, silver medal-winning women's curling skip Kim EunJung.
Organizers are touting Pyeongchang as the largest in Winter Paralympics history.
It is the latest sign of an intense rapprochement between the North and South that began at the Winter Olympics in February.
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