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Brian McKeever of Calgary, Alberta will carry the flag for Canada in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The 26-year-old Red Lodge-based athlete will be taking part in his first Games, and along with team-mates James Barnes-Miller and Ben Moore will become the first British athletes in history to compete in para-snowboard at the Paralympic Games.

But just as with the Olympics last month, much of the focus on the Winter Paralympics will be turned away from the sport towards two specific delegations - North Korea and Russian Federation.

NORTH and South Korean athletes will march separately at the Winter Paralympics opening ceremony, organisers said today, despite a recent Olympics-driven detente between the neighbours.

In January, the IPC reiterated that the ban would be maintained throughout the PyeongChang Games, despite the International Olympic Committee's announcement last week that Russia's Olympic membership has been reinstated.

The IPC and the countries' Paralympic representatives met in the Paralympic Village to discuss the possibility of marching under the same conditions as their Olympic counterparts, but a deal couldn't be reached.

The Pyeongchang Paralympics begin on Friday and can run till March 18. During the Games last month, Japan complained after discovering the picture of Korea included the Dokdo/Takeshima Islands, territories claimed by both Korea and Japan in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.




Reclusive North Korea and the wealthy, democratic South are technically nonetheless at conflict as a result of their 1950-53 battle led to a truce, not a peace treaty.

In response to the North's claim, the International Paralympics Committee said the two Koreas will march individually as the flag can not be changed.

CBC will kick off the festivities with a 5:30 a.m. ET pre-show, and both CBC and Radio-Canada will air the Opening Ceremony live starting at 6 a.m. ET / 3 a.m. PT.

Bach praised the inter-Korean dialogue that took place through the Olympics, saying, "I would like to congratulate the two governments for using this Olympic momentum to drive talks forward on a political level".

"In 2006... I can honestly say it's a moment I will never forget", Nicholson said.

South Korean won its first ever sliding medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, a skeleton men's gold and men's four-man bobsleigh silver.

During the 2018 Winter Olympics, a massive North Korean flag that spanned three floors vertically was hung outdoors; compared to the previous spectacle, the flag displayed this time was relatively miniscule.

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