The organising Committee of the 24th Summer Deaflympics decided yesterday to postpone the next Summer Deaflympics until May 2022.
The event was due to take place this coming winter, December 2021 but the local organising committee which includes the University of Caxias du Sol have suggested a new date for the event, 1st – 15th May 2022.
The committee meeting was broadcasted via the internet and the ICSD Interim President Gustavo Perazzolo and the ICSD Executive Dimitri Rebrov took part alongside other members of the organising committee.
The decision to postpone is because of the worldwide restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Around the world there are different ideas and regulations about administering vaccines and so the postponement would allow more countries to complete their immunisation programmes before the event tales place.
This will be the first time that the Deaflympics have been held in Latin America and it is expected that this postponement will be welcome news to all the National Deaflympic Committees around the world. This will allow 4,000 athletes competing in 21 sports more time to prepare.
So far, there is no mention of this on the Deaflympics website. The information is available here and on Facebook