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Deaf Israelis to lead Chess World All Stars



The 2012 Summer Olympics have just ended in London.

Now, the world is getting attention to another kind of Olympics - the 40th World Chess Olympiad, which will start on August 27th in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.

Imagine these scenarios: a select team of deaf and hard of hearing players is competing at the F.I.F.A. World Cup and facing high-level hearing teams from different countries in this world-class football tournament!

Or, a select team exclusively composed of deaf and hard of hearing basketball stars from different countries playing against the premier teams in the N.B.A. League!

Well, for some certain reasons, these two scenaries had never happened and these will most likely never happen in the near future.

However, there is the only sports in which the persons with hearing loss disability play under the flag of the I.C.S.C. against the normal hearing persons on an equal basis at a very prestigious worldwide and bi-annual sporting event called the Federation Internationale des Echecs ( F.I.D.E. ) World Chess Olympiad.

The I.C.S.C., which is an acronym for the 63-year-old International Committee of Silent Chess organization, is responsible for promoting of the game of chess among the deaf and hard of hearing people all over the globe.

According to the Turkish Organizing Committee's recent press release, delegations from 162 different countries will send their men's and women's teams to Istanbul.

In addition, the three special teams - the I.C.S.C.Deaf World All Stars Team, I.B.C.A. ( International Blind Chess Association ) Team and I.P.C.A. ( International Physically Disabled Chess Association ) Team, will also be taking part at the event.

Here is the list of the names of those who made the 2012 I.C.S.C. Deaf World All Stars Teams:


Gruenfeld Yehuda, Israel 

Orsag Milan, the Czech Republic

Klasan Vladimir, Serbia

Salov Sergey, Germany

Frink Ferenc, Hungary

Team Captain: Schmid  Jaroslav, the Czech Republic


Baklanova Tatiana, Ukraine

Gerasimova Olga, Russia

Mucha Annegret Ulrike, Germany

Botalova Yulia, Russian Federation 

Myronenko Natalya, Ukraine

Team Captain: Nazarova Olga, Italy


Update on DSPY event for 2012

Now we are heading towards the second half of the year we can look back and see there have been some sporting achievements already during 2011/12!  Throughout the summer there are plenty of events to go where we can recognise even more athletes with their achievements.

DSPY would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know the following updates/news:-

1)   See the attachment to this email for more information who are the sponsors for the 2nd Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards Ceremony, on Saturday 17th November 2012, at Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

2)   We need YOU as the public to nominate who you think should win in each category viawww.dspy.co.uk/nomination.html<http://www.dspy.co.uk/nomination.html>  To quote Gary Lineker on the Match of the Day - "Don't blame us if you disagree with the shortlisted athletes" !  The deadline to suggest names are on Thursday 20th September 2012.

3)   To buy your tickets - click www.dspy.co.uk/ticket.html<http://www.dspy.co.uk/ticket.html>  - What are you waiting for?  When you are on the booking form online, - if you are a Sportperson, please scroll the list to select your sport category or you are just a fan as an Audience so we can allocate the correct seating area you should be at, Sports or Audience.

4)   DSPY have attended a number of events recently so we created some video clips for the audience to enjoy watching and it may help publicise your sport to the next generation to participate. :-)

English Deaf Golf Championships 2012 video clip: http://t.co/YioWj0Br

National Deaf Table Tennis Championships 2012 video clip: http://t.co/T4tYHQRy

Or to watch Deaf England vs MCC cricket match at Lords: http://t.co/8OIutipD

Many more video clips are available via www.dspy.co.uk<http://www.dspy.co.uk/> inc British Deaf Cup Final with 1,054 viewers so far - Amazing!

For more information - please contact:

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Website:- www.dspy.co.uk<http://www.dspy.co.uk/>
Facebook:- www.facebook.com/paes/Deaf-Sports-Personality-of-the-Year/194103683992540<http://www.facebook.com/paes/Deaf-Sports-Personality-of-the-Year/194103683992540> and click LIKE if you like the page please.
Twitter:- @dspyawards

Deaf USA and Deaf Canada Soccer teams to play at Columbus

Hello everyone (former players, coach, and fans), 

We, the committee, honorably invite you as the former Deaf USA Soccer Team to participate in our special event at the Columbus Crew Stadium. The women and men of the Deaf USA Soccer Teams will play against the Deaf Canadian Soccer Team in the afternoon (Kickoff at 12:30 and 3:00 PM) while the Columbus Crew (professional soccer team) will play against Vancouver Whitecaps in the evening (Kickoff at 7:30 PM). In the afternoon and evening, there will be intermissions to honor the former players walking on the field and waving to the audence. The huge screen will show pictures of the former deaf teams since 1965. 

Between the Deaf USA and Columbus Crew games (5:30 – 7:30 PM), there will be a big tent to socialize among the old and new players and the screen will show the old times. The pre-video will display how the Deaf USA Soccer Team came back in 1980 and carried on. The biggest sponsor will provide the appetizer. We will have many exhibition booths from some company and organizations in the tent. There will be one cost for only $25 for all three games to watch supportively. You can look at www.thecrew.com/deafsoccer . 

Hopefully you can come to the Columbus Crew Stadium on April 28, 2012. You can see the advertisement enclosed (attached file). By the way, if you have any pictures of your old team, will you please email with attached pictures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . Thank you for supporting the Deaf USA Soccer Teams.

Stephen Rute, Alumni Committee

Titus and Meyers honored as 2011 Sportsperson of the Year

Sioux Falls, SD - January 31, 2012 – Two United States swimmers have been chosen as the 2011 Male and Female Sportsperson of the Year by the USA Deaf Sports Federation. Marcus Titus and Rebecca Meyers both outshone the competition at the World Deaf Swimming Championships last summer in Portugal to earn this distinction.

Titus has been amongst the USA’s top breaststrokers for the past several years. His best finish/time occurred at the August 2011 ConocoPhillips Nationals, where he clocked 1:00.80 in the 100m breaststroke and finished 3rd. At the World Championships, Titus earned nine medals, including five golds, at the Championships in Coimbra, Portugal. Read full story.

Latest on 2012 Deaf Sports Personality of the Year

The Deaf Sports Personality of the Year (DSPY) is proud to announce that the 2nd Awards night - DSPY2012 - will be held on Saturday the 17th of November 2012 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom.

After last years immensely successful Awards night, the first of its kind, we received feed back on how to improve the event for next year. Based on this feedback we have sought to find a venue that is accessible to the whole country. The venue chosen is an award-winning one and is home to Coventry City Football Club, additionally it is the UK's largest casino (G Casino). For those needing accommodation there is also beautiful hotel located in the Ricoh Arena called the 'De Vere Hotel'.  The Ricoh Arena has a reputation for being a world-class destination for entertainment and sport, in fact as a part of next years Olympic games this venue will host a number of football matches.

Another reason for choosing the Ricoh Arena www.ricoharenaevents.com is that the feedback received also indicated that although everyone thoroughly enjoyed DSPY 2010 that at times it became difficult to see the stage. We have tried our best to improve on this, the venue is a theatre-style auditorium with tiered seating for a maximum of 650 people. Additionally we will be using a raised platform along with a 7m widescreen television. There is a bar on site, this unlike last years venue, will be in a separate room to the main auditorium, allowing ones to socialise without interrupting the main event. The bar closes at 2am and there is free entry to those who hold DSPY tickets to the Casino, this closes at 6am.

DSPY is a voluntary run project and is independent from any sporting organisation, sourcing its own financial budget (the current budget for DSPY 2012 was set as of 1st January 2011). The DSPY's ethos is to establish working "partnerships" with all Deaf Sports Organisations within the UK, supporting them through the project impartially and fairly.

We are delighted to announce one of this years sponsors, PPVOTE www.ppvote.com  As part of the sponsorship ppvote have agreed to provide CLiKAPADs for the evening awards ceremony. CliKAPADS are an interactive key pad that allows the audience to vote for their favourite sports person on the night. We hope to announce further sponsors from February 2012. Information will be released via the DSPY website, so watch this space:- www.dspy.co.uk

The tickets for DSPY2012 Awards night will be on sale from February 2012.  Watch this space!

Enjoy having a peep at the latest deaf sports news and results on www.dspy.co.uk or on facebook.

Finally please let us know if you have any suggestions of companies that may wish to sponsor or donate the event.

For more information - please contact:
Richard Weinbaum and Jackie Harrison
Founders and Organisers'

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Website:- www.dspy.co.uk
Facebook:- www.facebook.com/pages/Deaf-Sports-Personality-of-the-Year/194103683992540 and click LIKE if you like the page please.

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