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