The International Paralympic Committee has invited two North Korean nordic skiers to take part in March’s Winter Paralympics.
If they accept the offer, then North Korean and South Korean athletes would march together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.
At January’s World Cup in Germany, Jonghyon Kim and Yuchol Ma both made their international debuts. From 9 to 18 March, 650 athletes from 45 countries will feature in the games.
The IPC said it has been working with the Pyeongchang organising committee, the National Paralympic Committees of South and North Korea and government officials to try to get North Korea to take part at a first Winter Paralympics.
Previously, North Korea has competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. IPC president Andrew Parsons said: “I am extremely hopeful that the country will compete at its first Paralympic Winter Games this March.”
“We want as many countries as possible competing and I think North Korea’s participation will send out a very strong message of bringing peace through sport.”
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