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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.

Reprinted from Deaflympics -

Deaflympics: Deaf Olympics 2017 will be held in Turkey

2017 DeaflympicsSamsun (nex) - The Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport Akif Cagatay Kilic told Turkish media that Samsun with confident steps on the way to a, brand city '(Brand City) progressing in the sport - but not only that: With the Olympics for the deaf, the Deaflympics, it is also the title "Olympic city" pick.

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Source: Nex

IOC signs MoU with International Committee of Sports for the Deaf

ICSDThe MoU, signed by IOC President Thomas Bach and ICSD President Dr. Valery Nikitich Rukhledev, follows Recommendation 7 of Olympic Agenda 2020, which aims to “strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people with different abilities, with a view to exploiting synergies in all possible areas including technical assistance, communication activities and promotion of events via the Olympic Channel”.

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2017 DeaflympicGB Chef de Mission appointed

UK Deaf SportUK Deaf Sport, (UKDS) today (Tuesday 12 January) announces the appointment of Chris Ratcliffe as Chef de Mission for the DeaflympicGB Team at the Summer Deaflympics 2017 in Samsun, Turkey.

Chris has a long association with deaf sport and the Deaflympics. In 1985 Chris competed for Great Britain (GB) in water polo at the Games in Los Angeles. Then in 2005, he returned to the Deaflympics as Chef de Mission for the GB team, when the 20th edition of the Games were held in Melbourne, Australia.

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Source: UK Deaf Sport

Poor funding threatens Nigeria’s participation in Deaflympics

The Head Coach of the Nigeria Deaf Football team, Kamiludeen Banjo, said on Monday that a lack of funding was hindering the team’s preparation for the Deaflympics Games, slated for Samsun, Turkey this year.

Banjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that a lack of funds was hindering the team’s preparation for the qualifiers.

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Source: PM News

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