DeaflympicsGB 2021 – Update

Deaflympics GB team

The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos dos Surdos (CBDS) has been selected by ICSD and are confirmed to host and deliver the 24th Summer Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, in Brazil next year between 5th-21st December 2021.

DeaflympicsGB participation at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics Games held in Samsun, Turkey, was full of achievements. Medal targets for the games were beaten with a total of nine medals brought home to the UK, along with younger athletes showing outstanding potential for future games.

UK Deaf Sport are in the process of discussing and making plans for the DeaflympicsGB team to attend the 24th Summer Deaflympics Games. We are working with key contacts in each of these sports, Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics and Football regarding their options on attending the Deaflympics.

Covid & Deaflympics

The impact of Covid-19 over the past 6 months has been challenging for everyone, particularly our deaf athletes who have been unable to train and prepare for domestic and future international competitions. However, the staff and members of the ‘UK Deaf Sport Performance Advisory’ have hosted a number of meetings to discuss the current situation, planning the next steps and most importantly discussed how to provide the right physical and emotional support for athletes involved.

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding covid and act on the wishes of the athletes competing.

Upcoming job role

In the next week UK Deaf Sport will be advertising the DeaflympicsGB team ‘Chef De Mission’ role and will be inviting all interested people with the relevant skills to get in touch.

UK Deaf Sport will make sure to share regular updates on the planning and delivery of the key activities leading up to the attendance at the Games next December 2021.

If you have any questions about the DeaflympicsGB, please get in touch by emailing us at

The first Deaflympics, known as the “International Silent Games”, were held in the summer of 1924 in Paris, and later on these Deaf Games were held every four years with a break during World War Two. The Winter Deaflympics were first held in Austria in 1949. From 1924 to the present day, the ICSD has organized 23 Summer and 18 Winter Deaflympics in a year following the year of the Olympic Games.

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