Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Meet Rajeev Bagga, the Indian badminton legend who was crowned Deaflympian of the Century

By Smita Deshmukh

ICSDMumbai: With badminton taking off in India in a big way, few are aware of a legend of the game who not only won numerous medals for India globally, but was crowned as ‘Deaflympian of the Century’ by the International Olympics Committee’s sub-committee, CISS (Committee International des Sports des Sourds.)

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Source: First Post

Letter by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Republic of Turkey

ICSDIn the letter released on 14 December 2017, the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports, Akif Cagatay Kilic expressed his enthusiasm at the upcoming 23rd Summer Deaflympics as well as showing great pride at the Organizing Committee's devotion with the plans for this special event. Furthermore, the Minister gave strong assurance that even though the risk of terrorism at Samsun is at very minimum, the committee nevertheless worked hard and intensively to provide top-level security in and around the host city, at the sports venues, and at residential areas. They will also pay attention to the details of flight arrivals and departures of all those involved with Deaflympics at the main airports in Turkey. All in all, the Republic of Turkey looks forward welcoming and having everyone catch the spirit of Deaflympics.

Dear Distinguished Participants of Deaflympics Family,

As the Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkish Republic, I would like to present my warmest greetings to all of you.

First of all, I would like to remark that our preparations for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics that we will host in 2017 continue with a great enthusiasm and devotion.

Considering the international sports events that we have hosted so far, it is quite obvious that today Turkey is a highly-experienced country to host multinational and multi-disciplinary international sports events and also accomplished each of them successfully, and its success rate increases every passing year. I would also like to point out that, in the same year, we, as the Republic of Turkey, will host the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum in February, as well as the 23rd Summer Deaflympics to be held in Samsun.

The fact that you still have some concerns about the security makes us disappointed while we are working intensively on the preparations to make one of the best Deaflympics organizations ever. Especially during the World Deaf Championships held in Turkey in July 2016, the ICSD members and participants didn't experience any security issue, and the organization was accomplished successfully.

As is known, in past years, there have been terrorist attacks in different cities in Europe such as London, Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Nice. But this did not effect sporting events being organised. Samsun has never seen any terrorist attacks and is safe and maybe safer than many European cities which have suffered from such painful incidents.

Despite all of these positive references, we, as Turkey, will make an optimum-level security planning around the city, at the sports venues and residential areas. The Organizing Committee pays attention to all the details from your arrival (İstanbul and Ankara airports) to departure, and works intensively for the preparations of the Deaflympics.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to catch the Deaflympics spirit in Samsun, Turkey.


Akif Çağatay KILIÇ
Minister of Youth and Sports

*Reprinted from Deaflympics -

ICSD President on Turkey Attack

Dear Deaflympic Family,

ICSDIt is true that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Those responsible for these killings should be held accountable and any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The purpose of terrorism, though, is not to destroy or kill. It is to pursue a political cause through the massive publicity that is attached to terrifying incidents. Recent explosions in Istanbul are patently intended to do just that. Merely killing innocent people serves no warlike purpose in itself. The explosive force derives from our reaction to it, from the public attention awarded to it and from the response of the political community. Publicity and response are the terrorists" “useful idiocies”.

There is no way any community can make itself immune to terror attacks. Since they are random, no protection can defend that community from them. No amount of police work or surveillance, no deployment of armies or navies, let alone of missiles or nuclear weapons, can guard against them. Intelligence and surveillance can go so far, but the bombers and killers will get through any net.

The ICSD, the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Akif Cagaty Kilic and other members of the Deaflympics organizing committee are devoted to make 2017 Summer Deaflympics the complete success in terms of providing safety and the best arrangements for our athletes, because our athletes deserve it. I was in Samsun during the World Deaf Championships in July 2016 and the 365-Day Deaflympics Counting Ceremony. I must say it was safe and wonderfully organized. ICSD does not take safety of our athletes for granted.

We stand together today with people of Turkey and we express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Turkey. ICSD wishes a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured and we trust that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Sincerely yours,

Valery Rukhledev

ICSD President

*Reprinted from Deaflympics -

Deaf teenager’s Olympic dream moves a step closer to reality

UK Deaf Sport NewWhen Jodie Ounsely was born profoundly deaf her parents were told she would never speak. Now the 15-year-old is taking women’s rugby by storm. Catherine Scott meets her

It is hard to imagine Jodie Ounsley weighed less than 3lbs when she was born two months prematurely.

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Source: The Yorkshire Post

Sweyne Park School students selected for the Deaflympics in Turkey

By Max Winters

UK Deaf Sport NewTHE Sweyne Park School, and the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired Pupils, were delighted to hear this week that Matt Oaten, a Year 13 student, and Ciara Tappenden, a Year 11 pupil, have been selected for the Deaflympics in Turkey in July next year.

They are two of only twelve nationally selected for the swimming team.

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Source: Leigh Times Series

Great Britain's Deaflympics 2017 Chef de Mission to seek further advice on travelling to Turkey

By Max Winters

UK Deaf Sport NewChristof Niklaus, the Chef de Mission for the Great Britain squad set to take part in the Deaflympics next year in the Turkish city of Samsun, has informed athletes that he will "seek further reassurances" that it is safe to travel to the country following recent security issues.

Turkey has been a site of political instability and danger in recent months with the most recent incident killing 38 people and injuring 155.

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Source: Inside the Games

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