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President honors Deaflympians

Greece FlagGreek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos received athletes who took part in the 23rd Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, in July, as well as the president of the Hellenic Federation of Sports for the Deaf, Iosif Stavrakakis, at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Monday.

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Source: Ekathimerini

Dawn Butler MP celebrates the Deaflympics GB team at the Houses of Parliament

By Nathalie Raffray

UK Deaf Sport NewThe 23rd summer Deaflympics event took place in Samsun, Turkey, in July, where Deaflympics GB’s smashed their pre games target by bringing home a nine medal haul.

The team consisted of 63 athletes competing in five sports - athletics, golf, football, swimming and tennis.

The Brent Central MP welcomed the team and representatives from UK Deaf Sport to the event on October 10, which was attended by more than 100 people.

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Source: Brent & Kilburn Times

St. Clair's Likins enjoys success at Deaflympics

By Joseph Hayes

US Deaf SwimmingMolly Likins is happy to be back home after venturing to Turkey this summer.

But that doesn't mean the St. Clair High School senior wouldn't be eager to go back one day. Likins traveled to Samsun, Turkey; late last month for the Deaflympics 2017, where she competed for the USA swim team.

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Source: The Times Herald

Russia dodges doping ban in Turkey

By Jason Henderson

Russian FlagSuspended nation tops the athletics medals table at Deaflympics

Russian athletes found a loophole in the athletics system last month in Turkey when they defied their international ban by competing at the Deaflympics.

Athletes from the country have been banned from competing on the world stage since 2015 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) due to widespread doping.

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Source: Athletics Weekly

Virender Singh brought India 3 golds but can’t afford a house

By Niha Masih

India FlagThe deaf and mute wrestler is an Arjuna awardee after years of toil and global recognition but still doesn’t earn enough to give himself a comfortable life.

2017 Gold Medal, Samsun, Turkey

2016 Gold Medal, Tehran, Iran

2013 Gold Medal, Sofia, Bulgaria

2012 Bronze Medal, Sofia, Bulgaria

2009 Bronze Medal, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 Silver Medal, Yerevan, Armenia

2005 Gold Medal, Melbourne, Australia

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Source: Hindustan Times

Folsom Athlete of the Week: Matthew Klotz

By Matt Long

United States FlagMatthew Klotz overcame the flu virus to win three gold medals and two silvers at the Deaflympics held in Samsun, Turkey, July 18-30.

The 2014 graduate of Vista del Lago and current redshirt sophomore at Louisiana State University set two world deaf swim records at the event and also set a meet record in another event, as he turned in a stellar performance despite being ill for the second half of the competition.

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Source: Folsom Telegraph