Thursday, July 19, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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. .

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Great Britain team celebrates successful Deaflympics 2017

Great Britain FlagThe Great Britain team is celebrating their success at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics 2017. A delegation of 92 athletes, coaches, officials and support staff travelled to Samsun, Turkey for the Games that took place from 18-30 July. Their final medal tally of nine (three gold, one silver and five bronze) smashed the pre-Games target of five.

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Source: English Federation of Disability Sport

Turkey, Japan win Men’s, Women’s indoor titles at Deaflympics

2017 DeaflympicsTurkey won the gold medal, while Ukraine and Russia rounded out the podium on the men’s side. Japan won the women’s gold, followed by Italy and the United States.

The Deaflympics have been contested every four years since 1924 except during World War II. Deaflympians must have hearing loss of at least 55 decibels in their better ear. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and other aids are not allowed in the competition.

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Source: Volley Mob

Deaflympics is not in the Oxford English Dictionary, Can we change this?

ICSDThe 23rd Deaflympics have just finished in Samsun Turkey. It is one thing having no Government Support in Britain or Australia but to deny the Deaf world adding lympics to Deaf in scrabble is a dire injustice.

The Deaflympics have just handed out 100's of medals all bearing a word that does not appear in the OED. Should Athletes return the medals for re-engraving.

Seriously The IOC approved Deaflympics are the second oldest multi sport games (started in 1924), the OED include Paralympics which is great but have failed to include the word Deaflympics...Please support our Deaf Athletes around the World and sign the petition.

Link to petition page -