In 2017, the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, 2,859 athletes from 86 countries participated. Today, 113 national deaf sports federations are members of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.
How are athletes in the Deaflympics grouped?
The Deaflympics are not a contest between nations. There will be no classification at nation level in the transcript of results. Participation in the Deaflympics is restricted to persons who are: … not using hearing aids or external cochlear implant aids during any Deaflympics event.
Why is there a Deaflympics?
At a time when societies everywhere viewed deaf people as intellectually inferior, linguistically impoverished and often treated as outcasts, Monsieur Rubens-Alcais envisioned the international sports event as the best answer to prove that the deaf were more than what they were viewed.
How were the Deaflympics created?
Deaflympics: The Beginning
The games were organized by deaf Frenchman Eugene Rubens-Alcais, who previously founded France’s sports federation for the deaf and mute. There were nine participating countries with 148 athletes who excelled in road cycling, diving, football, shooting, swimming, and tennis.
Who can qualify Deaflympics?
To be eligible to compete in the Deaflympics, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels in the better ear. Athletes are forbidden to use any kind of hearing amplifications during competition to avoid taking an unfair advantage over those not using these devices.
Can deaf athletes compete in the Paralympics?
The Deaf athlete is physically able-bodied and able to compete without significant restrictions, with the exception of communication barriers. In team sports and some individual events, hearing loss can be limiting.
What is the difference between Deaflympics and regular Olympics?
The Deaflympics are held every 4 years. The biggest difference between the Deaflympics, Olympics, Paralympics, and other main sporting events is the competitors cannot start a race with a bell, whistle, bullhorn or cannot hear a referee call the play.