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North Korean Athletes Arrive in Rio for Summer Paralympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korean athletes arrived in Rio de Janeiro Sunday for the Summer Paralympics, which will run from September 7 to September 18.

This year’s North Korean team is comprised of two athletes, Kim Cheol-ung (5,000 meters, men) and Song Kum-jong (discus, women), and 13 staff members. 

The team was greeted by locals at the Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport, with some of the welcoming party holding the ‘Peninsula Flag’ that represents the unified Korea, although no arrangements have been made this year for any sports activity collaboration between the two Koreas. 

This is the second time that North Korea makes an appearance at the Summer Paralympics, with the London 2012 Paralympics being the first. 

“Just watch (the games), I will claim the medal,” said Song Kum-jong in an interview with Yonhap.

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