Anchor: Sports fever is expected to be rekindled with the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games set to kick off on Friday. With 670 athletes from 49 countries competing, it will be the biggest Winter Paralympic event ever.
Our Park Jong-hong has the details.
Report: The spirit of the games will be reignited in Pyeongchang at the 2018 Paralympic Games.
The global sports event will kick off for ten days from Friday with the opening ceremony set for 8 p.m.
The games will be the largest ever with 670 athletes from 49 countries, including North Korea, taking part.
A total of 80 gold medals are up for grabs in six sporting categories: Alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, cross country skiing, para ice hockey and wheelchair curling.
For the first time in Paralympic history, two North Korean athletes will compete, and just like at the Winter Olympics, the athletes from both Koreas will march into the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium under the flag of a united Korean Peninsula.
South Korea is fielding a total of 36 athletes.
Keeping with the punitive measures against Russia for its systemic doping scandal, Russian athletes will enter the games under the flag of the International Paralympic Committee and be designated as Neutral Paralympic Athletes.
Team Korea aims to win one gold, one silver and two bronze medals to finish tenth in the overall medal standings.
The elaborate opening ceremony aims to shed light on the athletes’ passion to perform beyond their limitations, and to use this passion as an inspiration to achieve unity and harmony around the world.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.