Russia is scheduled to compete at the Curling event on 12th -26th March 2022. Will travel restrictions stop them or will the event organisers make a symbolic decision?
Jonathan Guinta, ICSD Technical Director for Curling, who is involved in hosting the upcoming World Deaf Curling Championships, in Banff, Alberta not far from his home city of Calgary must be wondering what to do next.
The preliminary list of attending countries includes Russia (RCDS) and Ukraine.
Will the competition organisers make a statement/decision following the advice of the International Olympic Committee that requests a ban on Russian and Belarusians competing internationally.
Media channels are reporting that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro will not condemn Putin’s war on Ukraine.
Whilst the IOC and several international sports federations are now sanctioning Russian and Belarusian athletes and sports teams from competing in competitions, Bolsonaro has openly mocked the Ukrainian president and remains neutral about the atrocities taking place in Ukraine.
This must be embarrassing for the ICSD who have given Brazil the right to host this years Summer Deaflympics in Caxias du Sol, Southern Brazil. The federation of deaf sport and its regional members have still not spoken out in support of the Deaflympic community in Ukraine.
Perhaps the Deaflympic community of the world believes that the whole thing is a problem for hearing people and hearing sport so they have nothing to do with it. Perhaps the Deaflympics should be left alone, in isolation?
Currently, the IOC has withheld funding from the ICSD due to financial and constitutional concerns within the organisation, perhaps the ICSD Board think they do not need to comply with IOC requests? They have done this in the past, when the IOC and IPC took action over Russian anti-doping violations, the ICSD claimed that it was not directly affected and took no action
Are Deaflympic athletes going to turn away from what is happening to their fellow competitors in Ukraine, and be happy to spend their hard earn money on flights and accommodation in a country where the president mocks the bravery of another leader who stands on the ground with his own people in the face of an illegal and unjustified invader?
Will Deaflympians speak out or will all the media images, air raid sirens, loud bombs and screams fall on deaf ears?
The International Olympic Committee have asked all International sports federations to stop flying the flags of Russia and Belarus at sporting events.
Federations are being asked to cancel all planned sports events in Russia and Belarus or move them to alternative venues..
Leading figures have condemned the attack by Russia and are offering their support to members of the sporting communities in Ukraine.
The European Union governments are uniting in their condemnation and placing sanctions on key people and organisations in Russia and Belarus. As the representative of ICSD in Europe, the EDSO have yet to show their hand.
The ICSD is an international Federation. Will they comply?