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

The price of Russia's absence from the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Paralympics in Pyeongchang begin Friday with the opening ceremony.

After South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the Games open, the Paralympic torch arrived at the stadium.

21-year-old alpine skier Momoka Muraoka led the Japanese delegation at the opening ceremony.

In addition, athletes from Russian Federation will also take part under the banner of "neutral Paralympic athletes" after their nation failed to satisfy the International Paralympic Committee over doping concerns.

Norwegian Lena Schroeder will play on the men's ice hockey team, only the second woman to do so and first in 24 years. Poles will be competing in the first four disciplines.

A broad North Korean delegation attended the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, held from 9 to 25 February, comprising 22 athletes, government officials and artists. An additional two nations will make their Winter Games debut - Tajikistan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Russian athletes enjoyed a fair bit of support inside the arena
Russian athletes enjoyed a fair bit of support inside the arena

After spectacular cultural and dance performances, cross-country skiers Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol entered as North Korea's first Winter Paralympians while the world digested the news that US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet his counterpart Kim Jong-un.

The 2018 Games are the largest Winter Paralympics that has ever been hosted, according to the Pyeongchang Paralympic Committee. The team won bronze at the 2017 world championships behind Canada and the United States. This is double the number of athletes from Asia that competed at the Sochi Games in 2014.

This sporting event, considered the greatest of all time, with 570 athletes competing for 49 nations, will run until March 18.

"And if you look at the history of winter sports, the Brits are all over it".

Starting with the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, and the Winter Games in 1992 in Albertville, France, the games coincided with the Olympic Games. Canada's Paralympians are some of our country's finest athletes.

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