Paralympics start in PyeongChang

Posted March 10, 2018

President Thomas Bach has received a state medal from South Korea for his contribution to the Winter Olympic Games here last month.

A cheery mood coursed through festivities that lacked the tension of the 2014 Sochi Paralympics, when Ukraine sent only its flag-bearer to the opening ceremony to protest Russia's intervention in the Crimean Peninsula, or the undertones of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, which were stained by financial turmoil and meager ticket sales.

The 2018 Winter Olympics also marked the first major sporting event LiveU has provided 4K and HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) compression solutions, primarily through the LiveU LU600 portable transmission unit.

Funds will be paid to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and the Korea Paralympic Committee, the ministry said in a written statement.

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Internet search engine giant Google is celebrating today with a colourful animation doodle, the opening day of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

It proved to be the trigger for a series of conciliatory steps between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war, culminating in Thursday's announcement at the White House.

A record 567 athletes from 48 countries, plus the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation, will compete at the Games. They will compete as individuals because Russian Federation is banned from the Games, due to a doping scandal.

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, the athletes were afforded a warm welcome from the 35,000-seater arena with a spectacular performance that drew on South Korean culture via an eclectic mix of traditional buk drumming, K-pop and the climactic lighting of the Paralympic cauldron.

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Some of the adapted sports have become hits with spectators, such as fast and furious para ice hockey where competitors slide around on double-bladed sledges.

Wheelchair Curling appeared for the first time during the 2006 Torino Winter Games.

American snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who lost her right leg below the knee, made headlines when she featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

North Korea said that it wanted the flag to show Dokdo, the island grouping at the centre of a diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan, while South Korea apparently wanted to have the unification flag without it so as not to politicise the event.

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The two Korean nations agreed to "respect each other's stance and march separately" following the flag disagreement, BBC reported.