Chief organisers of the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games held a joint press conference on the eve of the opening of the games, in PyeongChang on Wednesday.
President of the International Paralympic Committee Andrew Parsons said, "Thirty years ago the Paralympics and the Olympics came together as parallel events for the first time since the Tokyo 1964 games, providing a platform for the Paralympics to grow into world 's number one sporting event for driving social inclusion."
Speaking on the participation of Russian Paralympic athletes after a blanket ban during the last tournament, Parsons added, "we do have to recognise improvements that the Russian Paralympic Committee has made. That's why we're allowing the Neutral Paralympic Athletes Team."
President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee Lee Hee-boem echoed Parsons' words, saying, "Thirty years ago, it was Seoul 1988 Games, the Olympic games and the Paralympic games were held in the same city and in the same venue for the very first time. That tradition remains three decades on."
The 2018 Winter Paralympics will take place from March 9 to March 18, in PyeongChang.