Since the media misquoted IPC president Sir Philip Craven recently over reports that Deaf sports would be in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics I have been asked what is going on.
When i first read Craven’s comments I was doubtful about the accuracy of the report because those of us participating in international deaf sports politics know that the relationship between the IPC and the ICSD has not developed to the point where such agreements would be possible.
The IOC recognises the Deaflympics as an event of equal status to the Paralympics. However, they have chosen, to put all their support, resources and energies behind the Paralympics and since 2001 the IOC and IPC have jointly organised their events together. This has meant millions of dollars from the IOC going into the IPC budget whilst a few thousands has been given to the ICSD.
A new book ‘Same Spirit, Different Team – The Politicalisation of the Deaflympics‘ will be available soon and will throw some light on the complex issues within the Olympic family of events, organisations and people. This book will be available from AD Books you can register for your copy here.