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Sports: Disability Specific: Deafness and Hard of Hearing

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Country Listings:   Sweden    (Official USPS State Abbreviations)


New Sign Deaf Sports Federations offers a complete list of international deaf sports federations.


New Sign Deaflympics organizes the Summer and Winter Deaflympics where more than 3,200 deaf athletes and officials from 67 nations participated in the 20th Summer Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia, in January 2005. 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 80 years of tradition. Organized since 1924 by the Comité International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), 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.

New Sign USA Deaf Sports Federation is a non-profit sports organization for deaf, hearing impaired and hearing people. "Its purpose is to foster and regulate uniform rules of competition and provide social outlets for deaf members and their friends; serve as a parent organization of national sports organizations; conduct annual athletic competitions; and assist in the participation of US Teams in international competition."

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New Sign Swedish Deaf Sports Federation, Sveriges Dövas Idrottsförbund (SDI), is the joint promotional and administrative body for all organized deaf sports in Sweden. It addresses common issues of its member leagues on both the national and the international level. The National Swedish Deaf Sports Association was founded on November 6th 1913.

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