Pope Francis has sent greetings to the International Paralympic Committee and all the athletes taking part in the winter games in the South Korean city of PyeongChang.
Organisers say there has been good public interest, with about 275,000 tickets sold so far. Six athletes have travelled to Pyeongchang, but only two will actually compete, both in Nordic skiing events.
The Canadian Paralympic Team is sending 55 athletes to PyeongChang, and almost half of them have a connection to British Columbia.
The PyeongChang Paralympic Games will begin this Friday and will run until March 18.
But after lengthy negotiations between both countries today, the IPC said the athletes had made a decision to parade separately.
"We are not anxious about fitting everything in - there are plans in place".
"To me, there's two symbols for Team USA: the national anthem and the American flag", Schultz said in a statement.
The head coach for South Korea's bobsleigh and skeleton team told local media that increased government support is not coming after the 2018 Olympics. Praising the actions of the International Olympic Committee, the Mayor of Seoul said: "To allow the joint march and other joint activities of the two teams from the North and the South, these International Olympic Committee initiatives already made a great contribution to ease the tension on the Korean peninsula".
North Korea, which stole Olympic headlines with its colorful cheerleading squad and the appearance of leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, will be participating in its first Winter Paralympics.
The unified Korean banner that features a blue map of the Korean Peninsula on a white background.
Lee said that he wishes all of the foreign journalists who came for the Games would quickly return to Korea. "It brings people together", added Parsons.
Earlier this week, the South Korea President's office said North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons if its own safety can be guaranteed.
"Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea".
Players have also abused the system - 10 members of a Spanish basketball team were stripped of gold medals they won at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics in the intellectual disability category after it was revealed they had no mental handicap. "We have more broadcasters than ever before set to cover the Winter Paralympics which shows the growing global interest in para sport".