Aussies march on PyeongChang Paralympics

The Paralympics will run from March 9 to March 18

At the last winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Poles failed to come away with any medals.

As the ceremony started, spectators were treated to fireworks and a lights show before the athletes' march, which was followed by the Paralympics flag-raising and lighting of the flame.

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.

Yamamoto said he told the Japan Paralympic Committee back then that he wanted to compete, but a lack of support from sporting organizations forced him to give up on 2014.

Wednesday's delegation was notably smaller than the 473-member group sent to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which also included an art troupe and a cheering squad.

Wheelchair Curling appeared for the first time during the 2006 Torino Winter Games.

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 guides will also receive a medal if the athletes they are helping win a place on the podium.

And while South and North Korea didn't march together, the North does have its first ever team at the Paralympics. He won a World Cup biathlon event in Finland last month.

Organizers are touting Pyeongchang as the largest in Winter Paralympics history.

This year the impairments the competing athletes have include amputee, visual impairment, cerebral and spinal injuries.

It is the latest sign of an intense rapprochement between the North and South that began at the Winter Olympics in February.

Meanwhile Mexico's sole competitor, Arly Aristides Velasquez Penaloza, carried his country's flag into the stadium with the weight of four years' recovery on his shoulders.

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