Category Archives: Paralympics

North Korea's Paralympic presence raises eyebrows as winter games open

All eyes will be on North Korea’s competitors as biggest Games yet open in South

The Paralympics opens on Friday in Pyeongchang in what will be the largest winter Games to date, with 240 medals up for grabs and North Korea making its debut, part of a wider cooling of tensions.

The Games will run over 10 days and 670 athletes will compete, over 100 more than in Sochi four years ago, across six sports: para Alpine skiing, para biathlon, para cross-country skiing, sleigh hockey, para snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

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'They'll think I'm a traitor': North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletes

Choi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from his previous life: North Korean refugee, vagrant, amputee.

Related: South Korea delegation meets Kim in Pyongyang before historic talks

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British para-snowboarder accuses governing body of disability and sex discrimination

• Cassie Cava had funding cut while in psychiatric hospital
• ‘I was pushed to suicidal feelings and given no support’

An independent investigation has been launched after a British para-snowboarding athlete, who had her UK Sport funding cut while she was being treated in a psychiatric hospital, made allegations of disability and sex discrimination.

Cassie Cava, who starred in the “This Girl Can” advertising campaign, was raped by a group of men while abroad in 2013 and had her foot amputated in 2014. But she claimed that when she made senior figures within British Parasnowsport aware of the impact these two episodes had taken on her mental health she was discriminated against and left feeling alienated, alleging one of them asked: “Do you want to hang yourself?”

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