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USADSF appoints Team Leaders for 2019 events

USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Team Leaders for two upcoming events which will take place in 2019: the 19th Winter Deaflympics and the 1st Youth Summer Deaflympics ( At this time, USADSF is waiting for further details pertaining dates and site locations for both events. In the meantime, the Board is proactively preparing for both events in the hopes Team USA will have the opportunity to compete.

Team Leader for the 1st Youth Summer Deaflympics:

Andrew Choate proudly hails from the Hoosier State where he graduated from Indiana School for the Deaf. As an athlete at ISD, Andy grew his love for deaf sports and international competitions. He traveled to the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia as an avid fan for Team USA. Andy currently has been serving as the Financial Officer for USA Deaf Volleyball since 2011. In this role, Andy planned and supported the 2011 Friendship Games at Gallaudet University that hosted teams from Canada, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Andrew again handled a large role in logistics and budget management for the Pan-American Games for the Deaf and World Deaf Volleyball Championships that were held at Gallaudet University during Summer 2016.

After the 2013 Deaflympics, Choate established the handball club team known as the D.C. Silencers with goals to improve their game skills and remain competitive for the next Summer Deaflympics. They participate in the Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) and compete against other reputable team handball clubs locally and nationally.

Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Gallaudet University. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Kristina, who is a 4-time Deaflympian, with their two daughters and a third one on the way.

Team Leader for the 19th Winter Deaflympics:

Harvey Nathanson is currently employed at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) as a Job Coach and an assistant football coach for the Varsity team. Harvey teaches ASL at Austin Community College and is involved with various organizations: Society of American Sign Language, Deaf History International, and others. Harvey’s personal connection with the Winter Deaflympics is through his brother who played for the Curling team at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics.

Harvey Nathanson was born in New York, but grew up in Minnesota. He attended two Deaf schools, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). Harvey graduated with a BA and MA in ASL/Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University. Harvey has experienced living in a number of places; Minnesota, D.C., Maryland, California, and is currently hailing in Austin, Texas with his beautiful Deaf family and his daughter, Bridget is a Gallaudet University student, while his sons, Zarek and Zefan are currently students at TSD.

Harvey’s personal quote is, “To play for any sport team is a privilege and honorable.”

2018 Andrew Choate USADSF  2018 Harvey Nathanson USADSF
Photo: (L) Andrew Choate, (R) Harvey Nathanson. 

*Photo courtesy of USADSF.

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The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) invites cities interested in hosting Deaflympics

ICSDThe International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) invites cities interested in hosting the 24th edition of Summer Deaflympics and the 20th edition of the Winter Deaflympics.

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), organization recognized by the IOC in 1955 the global governing body for the organization of Summer and Winter Deaflympics, has announced two bidding processes for the 24th edition of the Summer Deaflympics in 2021 and the 20th edition of the Winter Deaflympics in 2023.

Potential bid cities are invited to submit their ideas and proposals by July 1, 2019. ICSD has presented an excellent project that is built on Olympic Agenda 2020. ICSD seeks for the cities and countries that can stage Deaflympics in feasible and sustainable way as well as the Games should fit into the long-term development plan of a city, region and country.

The 23rd Summer Deaflympics were held in Samsun, Turkey in July 18-30, 2017. The games counted about 5,000 athletes and delegates, competing in 21 Summer sports (

Deaflympics` host cities are chosen by the ICSD`s Executive Board, acting on a recommendation of its President. It takes about six (6) months for the bid process to analyze and then decide on a host.

ICSD`s Lausanne headquarters are at the Maison du Sport International.

To get more information please follow this link:

Contact directory

Secretary General - Xenia Morfopoulos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , TEL: +41 78 733 35 67

Head of Bidding - Matti Toivonen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; +358 400 633 033

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DeaflympicsGB Announcement

UK Deaf Sport NewIt is with great disappointment that UK Deaf Sport announce the resignation of Christof Niklaus as the Chef de Mission for DeaflympicsGB for the 2021 Deaflympics due to personal reasons.

UK Deaf Sport would like to extend its huge gratitude to Christof for all his hard work and voluntary hours that went into leading DeaflympicsGB at the 2017 Deaflympics, and we wish Christof all the best in his future endeavours.

UK Deaf Sport will be looking to appoint a new Chef de Mission in the near future to lead DeaflympicsGB towards 2021.

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Deaflympics encourages Almaty to apply to host 2019 Winter games

By Meruyert Abugaliyeva

ICSDASTANA – The Head of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev recently visited Almaty and encouraged Kazakhstan to submit an application for Almaty to host the 2019 Winter Deaflympics.

“Almaty has not submitted its application to host Winter Deaflympics, but we would like to consider it as a candidate. We observed the sports infrastructure and were impressed by the architecture of the buildings, state-of-the-art equipment and especially by the active sports life in those facilities.

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Source: The Astana Times

Almaty may host 2019 Winter Deaflympics

ICSDALMATY. KAZINFORM Mayor of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek held a meeting with President of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev to discuss the chances of hosting the 19th Winter Deaflympic Games in 2019, Kazinform correspondent reports. During the visit to Almaty, Valery Rukhledev visited the sports facilities of the city. According to the head of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf, the city has the infrastructure needed for such games.

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Source: Kazinform International News Agency

New ICSD Summer TDs (2017-2021)

ICSDWe are pleased to announce new ICSD Technical Directors for 2017-2021 term

Athletics: Richard PEARCE (Australia)

Badminton: Martin BOGARD (Great Britain)

Basketball: Jurgen ENDRESS (Germany)

Beach Volleyball: John Knetzger (USA)

Golf: Gavin Peter BALHARRIE (Australia)

Judo: Damien ANTOINE (France)

Shooting: Mac ADAM (Australia)

Taekwondo: JEONG Bongkyu (Korea)

Tennis: Tobias BURZ (Germany)

Volleyball: Cathy SCHELVIS (Netherlands)

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