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A Year After Getting Their Medals, Indian Deaflympics Winners Are Still Waiting for Prize Money

By Parthshri Arora

“We keep going to offices of sports ministries, in Haryana and the central government, but nothing happens"

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From left to right; Ajay Kumar, Virender Singh and Sumit Dahiya. Image: Rambir Dagar.

In 2017, four Indians won medals at the Deaflympics held in Turkey. All of them are from Haryana: Virender Singh won a gold medal in 74 kg Freestyle Wrestling while Ajay Kumar and Sumit Dahiya won bronze in 65 kg and 97 kg Freestyle Wrestling respectively. And Diksha Dagar won a silver medal in individual golf. All of them are still waiting to get the reward money promised to them for bringing sporting honour to the country.

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Source: Vice

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Deaf sports crisis deepens after almost 50 countries oppose appointment of new ICSD President

By Nick Butler

ICSDCrisis levels surrounding the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) have intensified today after 46 countries called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intervene in what they describe as an "unacceptable coup" by the organisation's Board.

It followed the appointment of Australia's Rebecca Adam as President for the next three years by the Board earlier this week in a decision made without consultation with the wider membership.

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Source: Inside the Games


ICSD30 July 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Dear International Deaf Sports Community,

The ICSD Executive Board is hereunder sharing the first results of its executive meeting in Yerevan, Armenia on the 30 July 2018.

First of all, we would like to express our gratitude to all countries for their concerns about the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf: each email and official letter from Deaf Sports Organizations addressed to the ICSD Executive Board has been considered seriously and seen as a call for action.

The ICSD President - Dr. Valery Rukhledev, the ICSD Acting President - Mr. Kang Chen, together with the ICSD Executive Board wish to advise the following:

After 5 years of faithful duty, the ICSD President, Dr. Valery Rukhledev, took the serious decision to retire with immediate effect from the ICSD. The ICSD Executive Board wishes to thank Dr. Rukhledev for taking this step and hopes that all matters against him will be resolved in his favour.

Following the statement of Dr. Rukhledev, there was an unanimous decision by the ICSD Executive Board members to appoint Mrs. Rebecca Adam as the new ICSD President from the 01 August 2018 until the next ICSD Congress scheduled for 2021.

It is from now on the duty of the ICSD Executive Board and its new President to provide a clear path to follow and to regain the confidence of the international community. The goal is to demonstrate clearly its capacity to understand, analyze and address the challenges that lie ahead in working towards a stronger ICSD for all.

We are looking forward to working with you all to deliver our mission that puts our athletes at the heart of everything that we do.

Reprinted from Deaflympics -

Italy set to host delayed Winter Deaflympics as concerns remain over President arrested in Russia

By Nick Butler

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Kang Chen, left, has been appointed acting ICSD President to replace Valery Rukhledev.

Italy is still set to host the 2019 Winter Deaflympics as the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) continues to deal with fallout following the arrest of President Valery Rukhledev last month.

Rukhledev is serving two months of house arrest until July 23 as he faces embezzlement charges in Russia.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, has been charged under the Russian Criminal Code.

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Source: Inside the Games

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PRESS RELEASE: Mr. Kang Chen is appointed as ICSD Acting President

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Kang Chen (Photo courtesy of ICSD).

28 May 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland

The ICSD Executive Board wishes to announce the appointment of Mr. Kang Chen as the ICSD Acting President with immediate effect for 2 months until the conclusion of the investigations into Dr. Valery Rukhledev’s matters that is currently before the Russian courts.

This appointment will be in addition to his responsibilities as the ICSD Vice President - World Sports.

Kang has a long history with ICSD that goes back to working with the Organising Committee of the Taipei Summer Deaflympics in 2009. He was elected for second term as Vice President-World Sports at the recent Congress in Samsun, Turkey and will be well known to many for his work with our community of Technical Directors.

The ICSD Executive Board believes Kang will provide the stability in leadership at a time when we are carving out a strong, sustainable future for ICSD.

The ICSD Executive Board

*Reprinted from ICSD -

Deaflympics boss placed under house arrest amid embezzlement investigation

By Nick Butler

2018 Valery Rukhledev

Valery Rukhledev, President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), has been placed under two months of house arrest as an investigation continues into claims of embezzlement in Russia.

Rukhledev, who was elected to the ICSD post in 2013, is accused of embezzling over Rs50 million (£604,000/$803,800/€690,000) from the All-Russian Society of the Deaf in Moscow.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, has been charged under the Russian Criminal Code.

A Moscow Court has ruled that he will be kept under house arrest until July 23.

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Source: Inside the Games

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