The BBC asks questions about the Deaflympics

As Russia announced that they will be hosting the 2015 Winter Deaflympics, the BBC interviewed a discussion with former ICSD President Craig Crowley and Andy Palmer, Deputy Editor of the deaf news website The Limping Chicken.

A transcript of the radio discussion is available

They discussed:

  • The importance in difference between the Deaflympics and the Paralympics and the reason for separate games.
  • The big question : Are we Deaf or Disabled?
  • The relationship between the ICSD and the IPC and the pros and cons.
  • The concerns about ‘time running out for Deaf sport’ if it does not deal with the question about Deaflympics and Paralympics.

As with many other important questions like this, there is never enough time in a radio show to really cover everything in detail. Fortunately, the latest book on the Deaflympics,  Same Spirit Different Team  allows you to read up further on the topics raised in the show.


The book is proving popular in the UK and also overseas. International readers have been having difficulty placing orders over the internet but fortunately the publishers have now been able to deal with the technical issues involved and they hope that the problem has now been solved.

The book is available to pre-order


Deaflympics Winter Games 2015 are to go ahead.

We congratulate ICSD on their success to confirm that the Russian Government has pledged it;s support for the next Deaflympic Winter Games to take place from February 27 to March 7, 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk.


Picture – Khanty-Mansiysk, is located in an oil-rich regions of Russia

Presentation Meeting 14th January – ICSD President Rukhledev in his role as Honourary President of the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports and Mrs Komarova, Governor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area-Yugra made presentations to the committee Russian international sports competitions which comes under the chair of the Deputy prime Minister of Russia Mr Kozak.

It is reassuring to see ICSD, at the very least, confirming that there is national and local government support for Deaflympic events. The finer details of the agreement are not known at this time as the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports, who are the event host will send all the necessary supporting documents to ICSD as due process within a couple of weeks.

Proposed events in 2015 – Athletes and their coaches can now prepare for the following events cross-country skiing, snowboarding, curling alpine skiing and ice hockey – again all this will be confirmed by ICSD in due course.  If you are not already affiliated to a national Deaflympic team and you wish to be considered for any of the events, you can contact you national deaf sports organisation. If you are eligible to represent Great Britain you can contact the UKDS National Talent Officer.

There was some concern about the ICSD Presidents potential conflict of interests whilst still holding a post within the Russian Deaf Sports Association. It has been clarified that he holds an Honorary Presidential role which suggests that he does not have any direct operational involvement in the RSDA. Mr Alexander Romantsov is President of the RSDA.

Historically, the Deaflympic Games has enjoyed very little economic and media support – and this is especially so for the less well-known Winter Deaflympics. It will be interesting to see if the relationships between the Russian Committee of Deaf Sports, its government and the Regional Governors office can emulate the City of Taipei and their coverage of the 2009 Summer Deaflympics.

The role of governments, the media and other agencies and the promotion of the Summer and Winter Deaflympics can be found in a new book due to be released in a few weeks. Same Spirit Different Team, to be published by AD Books.

The Retreat to Moscow

The contracts of the full -time staff at ICSD have just been terminated. Image

Mark Cooper (CEO) and Roanna Simmons (Operations Manager) have lost their jobs because the ICSD claims its financial situation is in decline.

Despite announcing last October, that they were planning to relocate to Switzerland in order to have ‘neighbourly’ contact with the IOC, they have now retreated to Moscow. the ICSD has now decamped to an office within the National Association of the Deaf of the Russian Federation and Mr Dmitry Rebrov, who works at the National Association has been given a temporary appointment to replace Cooper. These changes are subject to approval of the ICSD Executive Committee.

The ICSD apparently held a meeting with the Russian Federation government on January 14th to seek their final approval for the 18th Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk 2015. So far, no announcements have been made. There is speculation that there will be a repeat of the 2011 cancellation of the Winter Deaflympics when the event organiser was subsequently imprisoned for misappropriation of funds.

The world sports community is about to see the publication of a new book on the Deaflympics that discusses the importance of strong  leadership within the ICSD, the Deaflympic Movement and its relationships with the IOC/IPC and national committees, it also argues that Deaf sport must have a effective working relationship with non-deaf sports organisations and individuals.

You can now order you copy of Same Spirit Different Team from the publishers.





Are We Going to the Paralympics?

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.Image