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New ICSD Technical Directors

ICSDICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) announced a roster of new Technical Directors for ten sports.

Football: Rosario De Caro (Italy)
Golf: Gavin Peter Balharrie (Australia)
Handball: Norbert Hensen (Germany)
Orienteering: Olga Dula (Russia)
Taekwondo: Bongkyu Jong (Korea)

Alpine Skiing: Dwight A. Benedict (USA)
Cross Country Skiing: Maarit Malinen (Finland)
Curling: Jonathan Guinta (Canada)
Ice Hockey: Chris Bradley (USA)
Snowboard: Marco Galmarni (Switzerland)

Source: Deaflympics -

300 days to opening ceremony of 2017 Deaflympics

ICSD2017 SAMSUN DEAFLYMPICS: Only 300 days left until the opening ceremony of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey!

After months of their hard work, the Organising Committee of 2017 Deaflympics is delighted to officially announce the launch of 2017 Deaflympics revamped website, which we hope you find informative and easy to use. You can now find at

Amongst the new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and others to foster improved communication with our athletes, coaches, and spectators. The Organising Committee of 2017 Deaflympics will be constantly updating their content with helpful information, articles, tourist information, spectator guides, announcements, events and many others.

Reprinted from Deaflympics -

ICSD Statement about Turkey. The 365-Day Countdown Began!

Dear Deaflympics Family,

ICSDThis military coup in Turkey was deeply shocking. ICSD strongly condemns it as barbaric and cowardly act. This is not only attack on the government of Turkey, on humanity but on all humanitarian and Olympic Values.

ICSD stands united with the Turkish people and people from around the Globe. Our thoughts and prayers with the families of those who have been killed and wounded. This is a heartbreaking situation.

ICSD, the Turkish Deaf Sport Federation, the Turkish Government, the Ministry of Youth and Sport are committed to protect the Deaflympics family during the World Deaf Championship July 18-24 and the Deaflympics in July 2017 and make it safer and even more successful.

In these dark times we should remember the unifying power of sport that unite people and countries and brings piece and reconciliation. Today ICSD is Turkish.

ICSD sends our condolences to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

We must say that none of our athletes that were brave enough to arrive to the World Deaf Championship this July has been harmed.

“The 365 Countdown Ceremony” for the 2017 Defalympics was conducted respectfully and securely under the circumstances with the help of the national and local authorities.

ICSD extends our heartfelt thanks to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Minister of Youth and Sport Akif Cagatay Kilic, Governor of Samsun Ibrahim Sahin, Mayor of Samsun Yusuf Ziya Yilmaz, Youth and Sport Ministry Sport Evaluation & Development Committee Member Mr. Kaan Ark for their support.

Deaflympics 2017 in Samsun will be our common success!


Dr. Valery Rukhledev,

ICSD President

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The 365-day Countdown to the 2017 Summer Deaflympics will begin on 18 June

2017 DeaflympicsSamsun, Turkey - July 18th will mark the beginning of the 365-day countdown to the start of the 23th Summer Deaflympics Samsun 2017. Events dedicated to this occasion will be held throughout the city all day long.

The Bati park will open its doors from 18:00 to 22:00. Samsun citizens, ICSD delegations, ICSD Technical Directors, athletes, and International guests will be in attendance for the rally. The event will include various cultural performances and contests.

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Source: Deaflympics

Doping in disability sports: One international multi-sports federation never has dopers

By Laura Hale

ICSDIn a sports reporting world where dopers and cheaters are lurking behind every corner, one international multi-sports federation stands out for its complete lack of anti-doping sanctions in 2014, 2015 and so far in 2016: the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).

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Source: ParaSport News

Doping in disability sport: ICSD not transparent with doping issues in deaf sports

By Laura Hale

ICSDThis article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at doping in the Paralympic, Deaflympic and disability sports movement.

Comparable level of sanctions by disability sport governing organization since 1986.

In a ParaSport News review of sanctions for disability sport, Deaflympic sport stands out as a category all its own in doping because of how national doping agencies govern or do not clear govern deaf sports doping issues and because of the lack of doping sportspeople caught.

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Source: ParaSport News

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