South Korea – The biggest Winter Paralympics in history opened in South Korea on Friday with a glittering ceremony as South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially declared the Games open in sub-zero temperatures.
The opening ceremony featured light shows, fireworks as well as traditional South Korean performances and modern dance.
In an opening address, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons urged the Paralympians to “keep fighting, play fair, have fun and keep pushing your limits.
“Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come.”
The ceremony culminated in the Paralympic flame being brought into the stadium, and a “moon-shaped”, white cauldron being lit.
There are 567 athletes at the Games competing in 80 medal events across six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboard and wheelchair curling.
The first events begin on Saturday, with athletes competing in downhill skiing and biathlon. The games will run until March 18.