Karate in Deaflympics Sofia 2013
Sports for Sofia 2013 Deaflympics
ICSD is pleased to be able to confirm the sports that will feature in the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics. They are Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. We are expecting record numbers of competitors in these sports.
The sport of handball will not feature in the programme, having failed to meet the participation criteria laid down in ICSD regulations. Notably, the Deaflympics regulations state that:
“The program shall include sports practised by at least twelve (12) federations for Summer Deaflympics and six (6) federations for Winter Deaflympics from at least two regional confederations.”
At the most recent European Handball championships, only six countries participated. No other regions have held handball competitions. And there have been no World Deaf Handball Championships. In order to help the sport develop, ICSD has proposed that a World Deaf Handball Championships be held in 2014. We hope this will contribute to interest in handball and set the course for inclusion in the Ankara 2017 Deaflympics
For athletics, the marathon event will not be held at Sofia 2013. And in cycling, the mountain biking discipline will not be held at Sofia 2013. These events would have been too costly for too few participants. However ICSD will consider a separate Deaflympic event for Marathon and Mountain Biking in partnership with other international events that have appropriate facilities. We will be meeting up with respective International Federations at this initial stage to examine possibilities.
Los Deportes de Juegos Olímpicos para Sordos en Sofía 2013
ICSD se complace en confirman los deportes que se ofreceran en los Juegos Olímpicos para Sordos de Sofía 2013 . Son Atletismo, Badminton, Baloncesto, Voleibol de Playa, Bolos, Ciclismo, Fútbol, Judo, Kárate, Orientación, Tiro, Natación, Tenis de mesa, taekwondo, tenis, voleibol y lucha libre. Estamos a la espera un número récord de competidores en estos deportes.