N.Korea to Participate in Paralympics for 1st Time
North Korea will send a some 20-strong delegation to the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, which opens this Friday. The delegation includes six athletes and four sports officials.
This will be the first time North Korea has participated in the Paralympics. North Korean athletes will participate in the cross-country skiing events on March 11 and 14 and return to their home on March 15.
The International Paralympic Committee invited North Korea, and offered two spots to North Koreans to compete at the Paralympics. Para Nordic skiers Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol were given the spots.
At the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, the two Koreas will once again march together. They will be the last group among the 49 countries to enter the stadium. Pyongyang will not be sending a cheering squad for the Paralympics.
Pyeongchang will host the largest Paralympics so far with 570 athletes from 49 countries having confirmed their participation.