South Korea hosts the winter Paralympic games in March 2018: what to know

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on March 05, 2018 # Events, Adaptive Sports

We are quickly approaching the Paralympic Games being held in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea (South Korea.)The Opening Ceremony takes place on March 9, 2018 and will celebrate our community of athletes coming together across nations.From March 9 through March 18 approximately 670 athletes will demonstrate their talent and skill in the Paralympic sports of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.Let’s cheer on all contenders!Just a note: The governing board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) provisionally approved the inclusion of bobsleigh into the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.To learn more about these sports visit:

The Media Center of the International Paralympic Committee offers the most recent information about the Games, athletes and events through their blogs, magazine, and newsletter.

The IPC is an international non-profit organization whose mission is “to make a more inclusive society for people with an impairment through Para sport.”The IPC is a governing body for para sports and as such supervises the organization of the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games and acts as the International Federation (IF) for 10 sports.

Paralympic athletes have a wide range of disabilities including impaired muscle power (which includes quadriplegia and paraplegia, spina bifida, etc.), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (such as amputation), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. Contestants in the Paralympics compete locally and then advance through rounds of competition (Championships, Grand Prix, or World Cups) where they earn qualifying points towards the Paralympic Games.To see the calendar of upcoming para sports, qualifying events, and Paralympic competitions, go to:

Viewing and Attending Information

The ability for fans to view the Paralympic Games has increased in recently years. The International Paralympic Committee 2016 Annual Report stated the 2016 Rio Summer Games were viewed by 4.1 billion people on television in over 150 countries, and an additional 1.6 billion people watched via digital formats.

The following groups may broadcast or stream specific event updates and/or competitions: International Paralympic Committee:
NBC Olympics:
U.S. Paralympics:

Those attending the PyeongChang Games may find the PyeongChang 2018 website helpful.

Summer Games 2020

Looking ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, the Paralympic sporting events include archery, boccia, equestrian, shooting, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, para athletics (including track and field), canoe, para powerlifting, sitting volleyball, Taekwondo, wheelchair fencing, badminton, cycling, goalball, rowing, para swimming, triathlon, and wheelchair rugby.To learn more about these sports visit:

Sports and Recreation Information

Are you looking for a sport or recreational activity to participate in? You find out how to get involved by downloading one of the PRC’s fact sheets on sports and competition and recreation.

For further information and resources, please contact an Information Specialist (IS) at 800-539-7309 or 973-379-2690 or visit us at contact an IS via our website’s online form.

By Kathy, Information Specialist

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