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The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics to kick off Friday

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics to kick off Friday

Posted March. 05, 2018 07:53,   

Updated March. 05, 2018 07:53

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The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, in which athletes who overcame their disability with their passion and aspiration, is garnering a lot of attention. Ticket sales for the Paralympics to kick off on Friday has already exceeded their target, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games said. “Our initial goal was selling 80 percent of the tickets (around 220,000), but we have already sold 252,000 tickets on Friday,” said an insider of the committee. “We’ve achieved 114. percent of our target.”

The Paralympic Games will be staged in Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon for 10 days from March 9 to March 18. It is the largest Winter Paralympics where 570 athletes from 49 countries will compete in 80 events of six games. Including committee members and journalists, 25,000 people will participate in the games. All athletes will be accommodated in the PyeongChang village this time, whereas the Olympics needed both the PyeongChang and Gangneung villages.

The opening ceremony will be held in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium at 8 p.m., Friday. The slogan is “Passion Moves Us,” which means passion motivates everyone, including the disabled.

“The Paralympics should be an event to promote respect for humanity,” said Lee moon-tae, director of the opening and closing ceremony of the Paralympics. “We will create ceremonies where everyone participates in harmony as the sun and moon shine for everyone.” The ceremonies will feature a spectacular light show using LEDs set up in the stadium seats and a performance of more than 100 children from Gangwon Province.


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