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PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games
March 9 - March 18
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place between 9-18 March 2018.
The Games will feature up to 670 athletes, a 24 percent increase on the 539 athletes that competed at Sochi 2014. This number includes a 44 percent increase in the number of female athletes set to compete compared to Sochi.
As part of hosting the Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee has launched “Actualising the Dream,” a project aimed at promoting Paralympic winter sports, raising awareness of Parasport and its athletes, and securing the social inclusion of people with an impairment.
The official mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games is “Bandabi” an Asiatic black bear, founded on South Korea’s mythology and closely associated with Korean culture and folklore.
The bear is symbolic of strong will and courage. The Asiatic Black Bear is also the symbolic animal of Gangwon Province. In the name “Bandabi,” “banda” comes from “bandal” meaning “half-moon”, indicating the white crescent on the chest of the Asiatic Black Bear, and “bi” has the meaning of celebrating the Games.