Deaflympics Soliciting Bids to Host Multi-Sport Games
15 Aug, 2014
Locations for Winter Games in 2019, Summer Games in 2021, at Stake
The Deaflympics is soliciting bids from interested destinations who would like to host the Deaflympics, a multi-sport games, for the hearing-impaired, hard of hearing and deaf community.
The Winter Games in 2019, and the Summer Games in 2021 are searching for host cities.
Full information is available here.
About the Deaflympics: The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are among the world's fastest growing sports events. More than 4,000 deaf athletes and officials from 77 nations participated in the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Chinese Taipei, in September 2009. Over 600 athletes and officials participated in the 16th Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, United States in February 2007.
The games are built on 85 years of tradition. Organized since 1924 by the Comité International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), the first Summer Deaflympics were held in Paris. Winter Deaflympics were added in 1949. The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, IOC.
The need for separate games for deaf athletes is not just evident in the numbers of participants. Deaf athletes are distinguished from all others in their special communication needs on the sports field, as well as in the social interaction that is an equally vital part of the games.