Korea at the 2018 Asian Para Games

South Korea and North Korea competed in some events at the 2018 Asian Para Games as a unified team, under the title "Korea" (COR). The two Koreas competed under one team in three events; one in swimming and two in table tennis.[1] This marked the first time the two countries compete in para-sport event.[2]

Korea at the
2018 Asian Para Games
Refer to caption
in Jakarta, Indonesia
6–13 October 2018
Competitors12 in 2 sports
Flag bearers Kim Sun-mi
(South Korea)
Sim Sung-hyok
(North Korea)
Ranked 31st
Asian Para Games appearances

The delegation of the two Koreas marched together in the opening ceremony. South Korean wheelchair fencer Kim Sun-mi and North Korean swimmer Sim Sung-hyok were the joint flag-bearers during the ceremony.[3]


The following is a list of the number of competitors representing the unified Korea that participated at the Games:

Sport     Total
Swimming 2 6 8
Table tennis 2 2 4
Total 4 8 12

Unlike Asian Games, athletes also competed under their respective national team in individual events.


Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Silver Kim Yong-rok
Park Hong-kyu
Table tennis Men's Team TT 6–7 13 October
  • Kim Sae-hun
  • Kwon Hyun
  • Kwon Yong-hwa
  • Lee Dong-gu
Swimming Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay - 34 points 8 October


A unified Korean swimming team participated in the men's freestyle relay and mixed relay with South Korean coach Sun Chang-yong mentoring the team.[4]

Men's freestyle relay
  •   Kwon Yong-hwa (S7 category)
  •   Lim Woo-geun (SB5)
  •   Kwon Hyun (S9)
  •   Jong Guk-song (S9)
Mixed relay
  •   Kwon Hyun
  •   Kwon Yong-hwa
  •   Lee Dong-gu (S7)
  •   Kim Sae-hun (S9)
  •   Jeon Hyung-woo (S9)
  •   Jong Guk-song
  •   Sim Song-hyok

Table tennisEdit

Two players each from South and North Korea played for the unified Korea team at the Para Asian Games. Ri Chol-ung of North Korea served as their head coach.[4]

  •   Park Hong-kyu
  •   Lee Se-ho
  •   Pak Kum-jin
  •   Kim Yong-rok

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Indonesia 2018: North and South Korea to march together". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. International Paralympic Committee. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Koreas march together at Asian Para Games Opening Ceremony". Inside the games. 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Koreas march together under single flag at Asian Para Games". Joint Press Corps-Yonhap. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Koreas confirm roster for joint teams at Asian Para Games". The Korea Times. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.