The Deaflympics also known as Deaflympiad (previously called World Games for the Deaf, and International Games for the Deaf) are an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level. Unlike the athletes in other IOC-sanctioned events (the Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Special Olympics), the Deaflympians cannot be guided by sounds (e.g., the starter’s guns, bullhorn commands or referee whistles).

Launch of UK Deaf Sport Fair play for Deaf Athletes Campaign

On the 15th November 2023, UK Deaf Sport launched our Fair Play for Deaf Athletes Campaign in Parliament. Supported by GB Deaf Swimmer Nathan Young, England Deaf Women’s Football Captain Claire Stancliffe, and Deaf Triathlete Oliver Prichard, we launched the campaign to the UK Government. We ask to end the discrimination against elite deaf athletes and…

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2022 Deaflympics Brazil: Official announcement from UK Deaf Sport The Board of UK Deaf Sport, after thorough consultation with sports, athletes and advisors, has agreed unanimously that it would be irresponsible to send a DeaflympicsGB Team to the 2022 Deaflympics in Brazil. A number of critical issues were raised during consultation and it was agreed that with only a few months to prepare for…

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ICSD Extraordinary Congress Switzerland 2021 On November 27th, the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf ) extraordinary congress was held in Lausanne Switzerland. The Congress was moderated by World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) by Vice President Kasper Bergmann and attended by 55 Members – three of whom attended remotely. ICSD is the main governing body responsible for…

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24th Deaflympics Update It has been announced that the 24th Summer Deaflympics will now be held in same facilities of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro – RJ Brazil’s Olympic Park, from November 6th to 20th, 2022. These changes were decided by the CBDS (Confederaco Brasilieira De Desportos De Surdos)…

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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…

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Winter Deaflympics Congress

Last year, an unfortunate administrative mistake was made affecting three representatives (Craig Crowley, Philip Gerrard and Gordon Hay) at the Winter Deaflympics Congress in Italy. At the time the Board, staff and volunteers at UK Deaf Sport worked hard to try and resolve the situation, however, we were unsuccessful and therefore wish to extend our…

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Deaflympics Announcement 2021

Yesterday we received confirmation from the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) about the 24th Deaflympic Games taking place in 2021. Please see below the news story taken from the ICSD Deaflympics Website: The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) is pleased to release today that Confederação Brasileira de Desportos…

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Summer Deaflympics Medals


Games Participations

GamesSummer/WinterMenWomenTotal Athletes
Samsun 2017Summer362662
Sofia 2013Summer153348
Taipei 2009Summer443377
Melbourne 2005Summer423476
Sundsvall 2003Winter101
Rome 2001Summer253156
Copenhagen 1997Summer291544
Ylläs 1995Winter213
Sofia 1993Summer462672
Banff 1991Winter101
Christchurch 1989Summer321042
Oslo 1987Winter101
Los Angeles 1985Summer481260
Madonna di Campiglio 1983Winter303
Köln 1981Summer351247
Bucharest 1977Summer224
Malmö 1973Summer32941
Belgrade 1969Summer28836
Washington DC 1965Summer37643
Helsinki 1961Summer26733
Milan 1957Summer33336
Brussels 1953Summer30333
Copenhagen 1949Summer21324
Stockholm 1939Summer32840
London 1935Summer361147
Nürnberg 1931Summer27229
Amsterdam 1928Summer32234
Paris 1924Summer34034