Home » IT

Para athletes from Russian Federation march in opening ceremony of 2018 Paralympics

10 March, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • Billy Bridges and Team Canada begin play Sunday in the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown. Jason Malloy  The Guardian

The opening ceremony of the biggest Winter Paralympics yet unfolded on Friday night (March 9) with a glittering performance that championed a world of coexistence where differences are embraced and understood.

The games will be much like Winter Olympics - featuring similar sports like skiing and snowboarding - but the athletes competing have certain disabilities such as amputations, blindness or cerebral palsy.

Google's special animated design shows para-athletes racing downhill together.

Asian Paralympic Committee President, Majid Rashed expressed his delight at the huge growth in representation for the region; "The growth in winter para-sports is excellent news for our region".

In another development of the inter Korean diplomacy so prominently boosted by the Olympics last month, North Korea indeed will be participating at the Paralympics for the first time.

According to Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom, Moon told Bach at the ceremony: "North Korea came to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics thanks to the IOC's active efforts and support".

Alpine skier Laurie Stephens is the most decorated Paralympian on the team with six medals. They were joined by three other flames - a flame from Stoke Mandeville in Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympics; a flame representing the 1988 Seoul Paralympics; and a digitally created flame - on Saturday in Seoul to form one united flame.

More news: China spends more on defence, emphasis on militarisation

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 Paralympic Games first took place in Rome in 1960 and were the Summer Games.

The games will use the same facilities as the Winter Olympics as well as the same supporting staff. Two ice sports - para ice hockey and wheelchair curling - will offer one gold medal each.

Both teams appeared separately under their own countries' flags at the parade during the opening ceremony.

The IPC and POCOG have, however, accepted a proposal by the Korea Paralympic Committee that representatives of the two Koreas carry the Paralympic torch during the opening ceremony. It's the first time North Korean athletes have competed at the Winter Paralympics.

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.

Athletes from each country will enter the venue in order of the Korean alphabet, ahead of a speech by South Korean president Moon Jae-In.


  • Jaylen Brown Gives Update After Scary Fall

    Jaylen Brown Gives Update After Scary Fall

    They remained two games behind Eastern Conference leaders Toronto - who booked their playoff berth on Wednesday. He was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms but said to be feeling all right and in good spirits afterward.
    Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Denies 2011 Sexual Assault Allegation

    Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Denies 2011 Sexual Assault Allegation

    The woman declined to proceed with the allegation at the time but she still contends he did what she accuses him of doing. She also submitted seven pictures as evidence, two of which were described as "significant" by McGuire .
    Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

    Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

    Overall, fewer people are going to see a doctor for the flu than during the height of the season in the beginning of February. CDC officials are still recommending that unvaccinated people get the flu shot before the season's end.
  • Keep in mind to  check your smoke alarms as you change your clocks

    Keep in mind to check your smoke alarms as you change your clocks

    You should check them every month to make sure the batteries are good and you should change the batteries every 6 months. Use this as a reminder to push the test button on the alarm. "If it doesn't have a date on it, it's over 10-years-old".
    Android P Developer Preview Now Available

    Android P Developer Preview Now Available

    For instance, Messaging notifications in Android P will now display images and this will be an option for developers to activate. Additionally, with Google dropping support for the Pixel C , the company no longer officially supports a first-party tablet.
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on CA Sanctuary Laws

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on CA Sanctuary Laws

    In response to this stunt, I want my message to be clear to Attorney General Sessions: your threats will not change who we are. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Sacramento, Calif., a day after Sessions sued California over its sanctuary laws.
  • Liverpool stars disagree over who they want to play next

    Liverpool stars disagree over who they want to play next

    Jurgen Klopp's men had convincingly won the first leg of the tie, scoring five past the Portuguese side. I don't care who you are in this tournament now.
    Best Actor Gary Oldman

    Best Actor Gary Oldman

    Aside from its one nomination for supporting actor Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project didn't get much love from the Academy . It's obvious many in Hollywood are willing to honour male artists for their art - regardless of their violent pasts.
    China is pushing Africa into debt, says America's top diplomat

    China is pushing Africa into debt, says America's top diplomat

    The project, a $3.3 billion investment backed by China, is the country's largest infrastructure undertaking since independence. However, he blasted the predatory loan practices, opaque contracts, and mounting debt China brings to Africa.
  • Air India route to Israel launches this month

    Air India route to Israel launches this month

    This was followed by appeals from El Al, the Israeli airline, to be granted similar rights, the report added. The flights will arrive in Israel and wait on the ground for only two hours before returning to India.
    Kellyanne Conway accused of violating ethics laws-again

    Kellyanne Conway accused of violating ethics laws-again

    Government officials found to have violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended, or demoted , and fined up to $1,000. But, in an unprecedented move, the White House has denied that Conway engaged in any political advocacy .
    Swedish prime minister criticizes Trump's tariff proposal right in front of him

    Swedish prime minister criticizes Trump's tariff proposal right in front of him

    I like having two people with different points of view and i certainly have that and I make a decision, But I like watching it. Roy Blunt (R-MO) blasted the move and expressed fears that the aluminum tariff in particular would hurt his home state.


Sydney Airport processing passengers after 'technical issue'
The other domestic terminal, T3, is operated by Qantas and did not experience the same issue. Some passengers are being re-screened, and a number of worldwide flights will be delayed.

Federal Judge Hands Manafort a July Trial Date
In the DC charges alone, Manafort faces a likely sentence of more than 15 years to nearly 20 years in prison if found guilty. But prosecutors say they were required to bring these charges to Virginia because they lacked venue in the nation's capital.

Man City will be a good move for any player - Mahrez
Mahrez said he regretted the way he had handled the situation but had thought it was the best thing to do at the time. He got into big trouble with the Foxes this January, when the Midlands club refused him a move to Manchester City.

Increases in Opioid-Involved Overdoses in All Five US Regions — CDC
It also is increasing community outreach efforts to nursing homes to help address prescription opioid addiction among the elderly. The largest increase was in the Midwest region (69.7 percent), followed by the West (40.3 percent).

Delegates endorse lifting term limits for China's presidency
CNN obtained a recording of the president's remarks, which took place at a luncheon that was not attended by members of the press. Zhou Shuying, a delegate to the People's Congress, told Tracy she thinks he should be president forever.

Stormy Daniels Sues Trump, Says 'Hush Agreement' Invalid
Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen in exchange for her silence about the alleged relationship, according to the filing. Clifford alleges that as recently as last week, Trump's attorney tried to initiate an arbitration proceeding against her.

Latest Windows Insider Build Shows New Privacy Screen Settings
Microsoft is touting that this platform will provide apps with low-latency processing by using local capabilities to deliver real-time results.

Wenger's future in question as drifting Arsenal face major overhaul
There's no denying that these concerns are a lot more honest than those of Arsenal . No player gave away the ball more often than Henrikh Mkhitaryan against Brighton .

Stock Market Searches For Direction As Traders Decipher Powell Testimony
Caterpillar (CAT) and Boeing (BA) racked up the heaviest early declines on the Dow, off more than 1% each. Mainland markets traded slightly higher after recent losses: The Shanghai composite edged up by 0.15%.

Google releases its Lens feature to most of the Android devices
That can be from trying to figure out a breed of dog, identifying a landmark, or even creating a new contact from a business card. We still can't forget company CEO Sundar Pichai's Google Lens demo at the Google I/O 2017 event.