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TOC conclude memorable Olympic Day celebrations with event for 500 children in Samsun

2017 DeaflympicsSamsun; 06 June 2017: The Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) concluded this year’s Olympic Day celebrations with a memorable event in Batıpark, Samsun, which saw 500 young people take part in a variety of fun and engaging sporting activities.

Young people gathered in Samsun to take part in mini-golf, handball, basketball and a selection of traditional Turkish children’s games. Ahead of the upcoming Deaflympics in Samsun from 18-30 July, there was particular focus on promoting the participation of deaf children in sport. There were a number of deaf children in attendance at the event who met with Oli, the mascot of Sports Culture and Olympic Education Project, and together said “Olympic Day” in sign language. Their participation was an important way of raising the profile of deaf people and the Deaflympics among Samsun residents.

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Source: Around the Rings

'Where is the equality?': Deaf athletes in funding black hole heading into Deaflympics

By Darren Mara

Deaf Sports AustraliaHannah Britton pushes through her 20th lap at swim training at an indoor pool in Melbourne's east.

But rather than receive loud orders from her coach, the directions are in hushed tones and hand signals, instructions written on a poolside whiteboard.

Hannah has been deaf since birth and communicates using sign language.

On dry land now, she explains that she's in her element when underwater.

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Source: SBS

UW-Milwaukee track star will compete in Deaflympics

By Tim Elliott

USA Deaf Track  FieldTaylor Koss has big plans for the summer.

Of course, I’d really like to bring home the gold.

He's is a superb athlete, who is also Deaf. Any Deaf individual can pursue their dreams and achieve it. We first introduced you to Koss in November as he was preparing for his senior season at UWM.

We can do things just as well as people who can hear, so wouldn't consider myself disabled whatsoever.with his college career now behind him, Koss is now ready to wear the red, white and blue.

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Source: ABC WISN

Full marks to Deaflympics 2017 from International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD)

2017 DeaflympicsMr. Valery Rukhledev, the president of ICSD, said ‘Samsun is entirely an olympic city, higher-up venues had been built. I believe in Turkey, Samsun will get ahead of Chinese Taipei’.

The president of ICSD (International Committee of Sport for the Deaf), who spoke in the 5th Progress Report Meeting organized before Deaflympics that will be held on 18-30th of July in Samsun, said ‘Samsun had become an olympics city, first-class venues had been built. These venues will be opened to use for the people in Samsun and next generation after the games, they will benefit from them. This is a great acquisition for Turkey. These venues will host a lot of success of many young.’

‘Samsun is entirely an olympic city’.

‘’When I became the present, I was informed that the Deaflympics will be held in Samsun. After I asked why you have chosen Samsun for the games to the Minister of Youth and Sport, the answer was that ‘You will comprehend what we mean after seeing Samsun and visiting our venues’. It was true; Samsun looked like an olympic city with its land, sea and nature. Then as ICSD we met, discussed and decided that Samsun will host deaflympics.’’ Said the president, Valery Rukhledev.

'I believe in Turkey’s power.'

The president, who says ‘I expected that Samsun is an unqualified city but after my first visitation, I was shocked, liked and thought that it is very different’, expressed that new venues have been built, there is no deficiency and he believes in Turkey’s power.

‘Turkey will get ahead of Chinese Taipei’

Mr. Rukhledev, who reminds that he was also a national athlete, said ‘I was assigned in many places and I visited much. The organization was really high-class in Australia in 2005. When I had been to Chinese Taipei, I was so surprised because it was better than Australia. Then I thought that it would not be carried out better organization than Chinese Taipei, other countries would not manage like them but Turkey has achieved this. They are working very proffessional as organization and Organization Committee. I believe in Turkey, they will get ahead of Chinese Taipei.’

‘I really liked the promotions.’

The president, who mentions that he really liked the promotional activities, said ‘Visual materials are first-class, it is possible to see them everywhere’. Mr. Valery Rukhledev thanked Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkish Repuplic, for supporting in each field of the organization.

The meeting, which ICSD president and council members and Serkan Baltacı, general coordinator, and directors of departments participated in, continued with question and answers.

Reprinted from Deaflympics 2017 -

Beating the odds

2017 DeaflympicsJerlin Anika is just 13 and after many national and state level wins, she has now qualified for Deaflympics badminton event in Samsun, Turkey, in July.

Her father J Jeya Ratchagan says that they never treated her as a child with hearing and speech impairment. “This gave her enormous confidence to succeed.” He also credits Anika’s coach T Saravanan. “When I had doubts about her being able to play, he had the confidence in her.”

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Source: The Hindu

Ex-Man Utd defender Gary Neville donates £20,000 to send Team GB to the 2017 Deaflympics

By Greg Johnson

Great Britain Deaf FootballGB Deaf Football have made a public appeal to raise the money they need to compete at the 2017 Deaflympics backed by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.
A Just Giving page has been set up to allow members of the public to donate to help send GB Deaf Football to compete in China this summer.

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Source: Squawka