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ICSD Statement about Turkey. The 365-Day Countdown Began!

Dear Deaflympics Family,

ICSDThis military coup in Turkey was deeply shocking. ICSD strongly condemns it as barbaric and cowardly act. This is not only attack on the government of Turkey, on humanity but on all humanitarian and Olympic Values.

ICSD stands united with the Turkish people and people from around the Globe. Our thoughts and prayers with the families of those who have been killed and wounded. This is a heartbreaking situation.

ICSD, the Turkish Deaf Sport Federation, the Turkish Government, the Ministry of Youth and Sport are committed to protect the Deaflympics family during the World Deaf Championship July 18-24 and the Deaflympics in July 2017 and make it safer and even more successful.

In these dark times we should remember the unifying power of sport that unite people and countries and brings piece and reconciliation. Today ICSD is Turkish.

ICSD sends our condolences to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

We must say that none of our athletes that were brave enough to arrive to the World Deaf Championship this July has been harmed.

“The 365 Countdown Ceremony” for the 2017 Defalympics was conducted respectfully and securely under the circumstances with the help of the national and local authorities.

ICSD extends our heartfelt thanks to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Minister of Youth and Sport Akif Cagatay Kilic, Governor of Samsun Ibrahim Sahin, Mayor of Samsun Yusuf Ziya Yilmaz, Youth and Sport Ministry Sport Evaluation & Development Committee Member Mr. Kaan Ark for their support.

Deaflympics 2017 in Samsun will be our common success!


Dr. Valery Rukhledev,

ICSD President

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The 365-day Countdown to the 2017 Summer Deaflympics will begin on 18 June

2017 DeaflympicsSamsun, Turkey - July 18th will mark the beginning of the 365-day countdown to the start of the 23th Summer Deaflympics Samsun 2017. Events dedicated to this occasion will be held throughout the city all day long.

The Bati park will open its doors from 18:00 to 22:00. Samsun citizens, ICSD delegations, ICSD Technical Directors, athletes, and International guests will be in attendance for the rally. The event will include various cultural performances and contests.

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Source: Deaflympics

Doping in disability sports: One international multi-sports federation never has dopers

By Laura Hale

ICSDIn a sports reporting world where dopers and cheaters are lurking behind every corner, one international multi-sports federation stands out for its complete lack of anti-doping sanctions in 2014, 2015 and so far in 2016: the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).

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Source: ParaSport News

Doping in disability sport: ICSD not transparent with doping issues in deaf sports

By Laura Hale

ICSDThis article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at doping in the Paralympic, Deaflympic and disability sports movement.

Comparable level of sanctions by disability sport governing organization since 1986.

In a ParaSport News review of sanctions for disability sport, Deaflympic sport stands out as a category all its own in doping because of how national doping agencies govern or do not clear govern deaf sports doping issues and because of the lack of doping sportspeople caught.

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Source: ParaSport News

College Corner: O'Neill to represent US at Deaflympics

By Jerry Carino

Tom O’Neill was born profoundly deaf. He’s been able to hear since age 2 thanks to cochlear implants — devices that replace the function of damaged inner ears.

In 2013, when he was a standout runner at Middletown High School North, O’Neill received an invitation to compete for the USA Deaf Sports Federation, which is the governing body of America’s participation in the Deaflympic Games. He declined.

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Source: Asbury Park Press

Samsun 2016-2017: High expectations and High level

2017 DeaflympicsICSD CEO Mr. Dmitry Rebrov and ICSD Doping Control Officer Mr. Artem Buerov met with the TDSF President Mr. Yakup Kihtir last week at the TDSF headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. The meeting was extraordinary due to importance to discuss all issues for developing the further strategy.

We consider important to remind that in July 2016 World Deaf Martial Arts Championships, World Deaf Beach Volleyball Championships and World Deaf Table Tennis Championships as the Test Events for the 23rd Summer Deaflympics 2017 in Samsun, Turkey will take place at the same time with The Chef de Mission Meeting and the One Year Countdown Celebration - 365 Days To Go.

Several problems in Sports Schedule, Doping control, Accommodation, and meals, were submitted for consideration. All sports structures have been started and should be finished for test events scheduled for this July. "Now we are very confident the test events will happen in time and be successful," Dmitry Rebrov said.

During the meeting with Head of International Sports Events Department, Mr. Hayrullah Ozan Cetinek mentioned that the government always paid attention to deaf sports development as well as the important role of Deaf Sport Movement in the economic and social development of the deaf people.

Terrorist acts are the most important problem we are facing today. Security is the responsibility of the host country and the Turkish service will ensure participants and spectators of Deaflympics and Championships feel safe despite heightened security fears. Organising Committee is using past Deaflympics as a model, cooperating with ICSD and building upon successful safety records last years.

"We have seen that the preparation for Championships 2016 and the 23rd Summer Deaflympics 2017 is really on track"

Dmitry Rebrov thanked Yakup Kihtir for the excellent cooperation and for the extent to which Turkish Deaf Sports Federation had embraced Deaflympics and World Deaf Championships.

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