Britain's Paralympians look ahead to Winter Olympics

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The Olympics in South Korea will open on 9 February.

"We are desperately sorry for Bruce to lose his chance of becoming a two-time Olympian so close to the PyeongChang 2018 Games", said Team GB chef de mission, Mike Hay.

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organisers are entering their final preparations with renewed confidence after neighbouring North Korea ended months of speculation by confirming its attendance, immediately easing fears over security and ticket sales.

"Now the dialogue with North Korea has begun, but because the North Korean nuclear issue has not been resolved, South Korea will continue to keep pace with the pressure and sanctions by the global community", Moon told reporters according to the Yonhap News Agency. Back in the summer of 2016, Britain's Paralympians were triumphant in Rio.

There was no immediate response from North Korea to the proposals.

Only two North Korean athletes, figure skating pair RyomTae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik, qualified for Pyeongchang, but they subsequently missed a deadline to register. Both sides will also meet at the IOC's Lausanne headquarters on January 20 to discuss details of their participation. However, the International Olympic Committee has said it will consider offering wildcards to North Korean athletes.

Although Russia's team is banned, "clean" Russian athletes who pass strict protocols will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag. If a unified women's hockey team is formed, it will be the first unified Korean team in the 27 years since the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and FIFA World Youth Championship, and the first ever in Olympic history.

"So maybe I want to watch half-pipe from under or beside or left or right or I want to see what they look like when they're preparing for that jump, and I have the freedom to choose that camera angle", Kalpana Berman, an Intel Sport user experience product manager, said. The IOC and IIHF are reportedly working to explain the situation to member countries and ask for their understanding.

"The North is using an art troupe as a card to win the hearts of South Koreans".

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