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ICSD President on Turkey Attack

Dear Deaflympic Family,

ICSDIt is true that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Those responsible for these killings should be held accountable and any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The purpose of terrorism, though, is not to destroy or kill. It is to pursue a political cause through the massive publicity that is attached to terrifying incidents. Recent explosions in Istanbul are patently intended to do just that. Merely killing innocent people serves no warlike purpose in itself. The explosive force derives from our reaction to it, from the public attention awarded to it and from the response of the political community. Publicity and response are the terrorists" “useful idiocies”.

There is no way any community can make itself immune to terror attacks. Since they are random, no protection can defend that community from them. No amount of police work or surveillance, no deployment of armies or navies, let alone of missiles or nuclear weapons, can guard against them. Intelligence and surveillance can go so far, but the bombers and killers will get through any net.

The ICSD, the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Akif Cagaty Kilic and other members of the Deaflympics organizing committee are devoted to make 2017 Summer Deaflympics the complete success in terms of providing safety and the best arrangements for our athletes, because our athletes deserve it. I was in Samsun during the World Deaf Championships in July 2016 and the 365-Day Deaflympics Counting Ceremony. I must say it was safe and wonderfully organized. ICSD does not take safety of our athletes for granted.

We stand together today with people of Turkey and we express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Turkey. ICSD wishes a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured and we trust that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Sincerely yours,

Valery Rukhledev

ICSD President

*Reprinted from Deaflympics -

Deaf teenager’s Olympic dream moves a step closer to reality

UK Deaf Sport NewWhen Jodie Ounsely was born profoundly deaf her parents were told she would never speak. Now the 15-year-old is taking women’s rugby by storm. Catherine Scott meets her

It is hard to imagine Jodie Ounsley weighed less than 3lbs when she was born two months prematurely.

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Source: The Yorkshire Post

Sweyne Park School students selected for the Deaflympics in Turkey

By Max Winters

UK Deaf Sport NewTHE Sweyne Park School, and the Resource Base for the Hearing Impaired Pupils, were delighted to hear this week that Matt Oaten, a Year 13 student, and Ciara Tappenden, a Year 11 pupil, have been selected for the Deaflympics in Turkey in July next year.

They are two of only twelve nationally selected for the swimming team.

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Source: Leigh Times Series

Great Britain's Deaflympics 2017 Chef de Mission to seek further advice on travelling to Turkey

By Max Winters

UK Deaf Sport NewChristof Niklaus, the Chef de Mission for the Great Britain squad set to take part in the Deaflympics next year in the Turkish city of Samsun, has informed athletes that he will "seek further reassurances" that it is safe to travel to the country following recent security issues.

Turkey has been a site of political instability and danger in recent months with the most recent incident killing 38 people and injuring 155.

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Source: Inside the Games

New ICSD Technical Directors

ICSDICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) announced a roster of new Technical Directors for ten sports.

Football: Rosario De Caro (Italy)
Golf: Gavin Peter Balharrie (Australia)
Handball: Norbert Hensen (Germany)
Orienteering: Olga Dula (Russia)
Taekwondo: Bongkyu Jong (Korea)

Alpine Skiing: Dwight A. Benedict (USA)
Cross Country Skiing: Maarit Malinen (Finland)
Curling: Jonathan Guinta (Canada)
Ice Hockey: Chris Bradley (USA)
Snowboard: Marco Galmarni (Switzerland)

Source: Deaflympics -

300 days to opening ceremony of 2017 Deaflympics

ICSD2017 SAMSUN DEAFLYMPICS: Only 300 days left until the opening ceremony of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey!

After months of their hard work, the Organising Committee of 2017 Deaflympics is delighted to officially announce the launch of 2017 Deaflympics revamped website, which we hope you find informative and easy to use. You can now find at

Amongst the new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and others to foster improved communication with our athletes, coaches, and spectators. The Organising Committee of 2017 Deaflympics will be constantly updating their content with helpful information, articles, tourist information, spectator guides, announcements, events and many others.

Reprinted from Deaflympics -

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