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Deaflympics in Samsun to feature golf for first time

By Hakan Bas

2017 DeaflympicsFor the first time in history, golf is set to become a part of the Deaflympics as it will be played in the upcoming event in northern Turkey's Samsun. Turkish National Team players, as well as their competitors, are all excited to be part of history,

Hava Yavuz, a hearing-impaired mother of one, was called up by the Turkish national golf team for Deaflympics two months after she got to know about golf, thanks to an SMS.

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Source: Daily Sabah

SAI clears Deaflympics contingent

India Deaf Sports CouncilThe Sports Authority of India has cleared a contingent of 46 athletes, eight coaches and other support staff for the Deaflympics to be staged in Samsun, Turkey, from July 18 to 30.

Except for five managers and a delegate, the government will take care of the full cost of 58 persons.

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Source: The Hindu

Defying expectations: Liz Cocker qualifies for Deaflympics

By Natalie Feulner

US Deaf SwimmingWhen Cal State East Bay junior Liz Cocker was 16-months-old, doctors told her parents not to expect much from their daughter. They said she’d never talk or read above a third-grade level, and that normal childhood experiences like participating in sports would be nearly impossible.

Fortunately, her parents gave little thought to that doctor’s diagnosis.

“My parents always encouraged me to challenge those expectations,” Cocker says.

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Source: Swim Swam

Deaf badminton squad targeting more silverware

MALAYSIA’S deaf badminton squad has contributed six silver medals to the country’s total medal tally at the Deaflympics, along with one gold and one bronze from athletics as well as two bronze medals from bowling and swimming.

This year’s badminton squad heading to Samsun, Turkey for the Deaflympics – Boon Wei Ying, 22, Foo Zu Tung, 18, Francis Tan, 37, and Yeo Kok Fang, 41, are eager to add to the tally.

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Source: The Star

Deaf Eagles face a familiar quandry

By Iwedi Ojinmah

This year’s Deaflympics in Samsun Turkey will start on the 18th of July, and will run for 12 days ending on the 30th. The games as we know, are held every four years, and are the longest running multi-sport event excluding the Olympics themselves.

First held in Paris in 1924, they were also the first international sporting event for athletes with a disability. The event has been held every four years since, apart from a break for World War II, and began as a small gathering of 148 athletes from nine European nations competing but has now grown into a global movement.

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Source: SuperSport

Deaf Scots swimmer who battled hearing stigma for 17 years to represent Britain at 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey

By Mary McCool

UK Deaf Sport NewAN INSPIRING deaf swimmer who has battled a hearing stigma for 17 years is one of three Scots selected to compete at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey.

Shiona McClafferty, 17, from Lanark, never thought of her partial deafness as a disability – until she arrived in high school and had to explain her condition to her peers and teachers.

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Source: The Scottish Sun

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