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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.

Read more: http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/sports/2017/08/19/st-clairs-likins-enjoys-success-deaflympics/583244001/

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.

Read more: http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/russia-dodges-doping-ban-turkey-67974

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

Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-at-70-virender-singh-brought-india-3-olympic-golds-but-can-t-afford-a-house/story-jafD4dRIGIFAXLHdH1IacJ.html

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.

Read more: http://www.folsomtelegraph.com/article/8/11/17/folsom-athlete-week-matthew-klotz

Source: Folsom Telegraph

Deaflympics athlete Karla Cunningham returns home to Killucan

Ireland FlagKillucan teenager Karla Cunningham has returned from the Deaflympics in Turkey after narrowly missing the bronze medal for swimming.

Karla, daughter of Audrey and Richard Cunningham flew out to the games, which took place from the 18th- 30th of July in Samsun, Turkey, with both parents, brother Harry and sister Jessica.

Read more: http://topic.ie/deaflympics-athlete-karla-cunningham-returns-home-killucan/

Source: Westmeath Topic

USADSF’S stand on the L.A. bid

USA Deaf Sports FederationUSA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) acknowledges that on July 30, 2017, International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) President Valery Rukhledev revealed that the 2021 Deaflympics may be held in either Los Angeles or Dubai as the 23rd Deaflympics concluded in Samsun, Turkey. Speaking following an evaluation meeting, Mr. Rukhledev said his “personal choice” would be to take the Deaflympics to Dubai. USADSF has no knowledge of the Los Angeles bid nor any details. Questions about the Los Angeles bid or the bidding process can be directed to ICSD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - http://usdeafsports.org/news/usadsfs-stand-on-the-l-a-bid/

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