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North Korean Paralympic Athletes Arrive in South Korea

The South Korean Government has confirmed its intention to steadily phase out the country’s controversial grade system for disabled people North Korean Paralympic Athletes Arrive in South Korea
Melissa Porter | 08 March, 2018, 12:36

Anchor: Sports fever is expected to be rekindled with the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games set to kick off on Friday.

"New Zealand has sent Paraskiers Adam Hall and Corey Peters and Parasnowboarder Carl Murphy who join 670 athletes from 45 countries in a programme that includes 80 events". They will return home on March 15. No other member of the group spoke to reporters.

North Korean athletes and delegates arrived in the South Wednesday to take part in the Winter Paralympics, as part of an Olympics-driven detente between the two neighbours. The North mounted a charm offensive by sending hundreds of cheerleaders and Kim's sister to the opening ceremony of the Games, during which athletes from the two Koreas marched together under a neutral "unification flag".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean delegation led by chief presidential security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, agreed to hold a summit meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas in late April and establish a hotline between them.

"On the back of a record targeted pre-Games anti-doping testing program, doping control was intensified during the Olympic Winter Games to strengthen the integrity of sport and provide a level playing field for all clean athletes", the statement from the IOC reads.

The North also expressed willingness to suspend weapons tests and discuss denuclearization with Washington.

"We're happy to meet everyone in the South", said Kim Mun Chol, chairman of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled.