Pushing Athletic Skills Rather Than Pushing Buttons of War

N Korea Paralympic skiers
North Korean skiers Kim Jung-hyun and Ma You-chul at Para World Cup in Oberried, Germany. Armenian donated jacket — spirit of kindness

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has invited the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of North Korea to participate in its first Paralympic Winter Games and offered two bipartite slots to athletes to compete in Para Nordic skiing at PyeongChang 2018.

The two North Korean athletes who have received bipartite slots from the IPC and World Para Nordic Skiing are Jonghyon Kim and Yuchol Ma. Both made their international debuts at January’s World Cup in Oberried, Germany, with funding from the Asian Paralympic Committee and the Agitos Foundation

Andrew Parsons
President of IPC, Andrew Parsons

“We want as many countries as possible competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and I think North Korea’s participation will send out a very strong message of bringing peace through sport.

For both countries to march together at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be a very special and historic moment and the result of a fantastic team effort by many parties.” said President Andrew Parsons

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