North Korean skiers invited to Paralympics

IPC announcement follows a similar invitation by the IOC.

North Korean skiers invited to Paralympics

Two North Korean Nordic skiers have been invited to take part in next month's Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirmed in a statement that North Korea would march together with South Korean athletes under a unified flag at the opening ceremony on 9th March if the offer was accepted.

“Now that we have offered two bipartite slots to North Korean athletes, I am extremely hopeful that the country will compete at its first Paralympic Winter Games this March,” said IPC president Andrew Parsons.

Bipartite invitations are made on a discretionary basis by the IPC and the respective international federation for the sport.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

The Paralympics take place after the Winter Olympics, which will run from 9th to 25th February in the South Korean mountain resort.