DeafDigest Sports – August 3, 2018
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Hot DeafSports News at:

— Deaflympics crisis

— soccer team eats meals and sleeps on the side of the highway

— August football games

— random deafsports thoughts

— change of athletic directors at one school and duties
at another school

— Fiji Deaf Sevens Rugby

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf professional basketball team

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.


Deaflympics crisis

Deaf sports crisis deepens after almost 50 countries oppose appointment of
new ICSD President

Divisions are growing within the global deaf sports community ©ICSD
Crisis levels surrounding the International Committee of Sports for the
Deaf (ICSD) have intensified today after 46 countries called on the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intervene in what they describe
as an “unacceptable coup” by the organisation’s Board.

It followed the appointment of Australia’s Rebecca Adam as President for
the next three years by the Board earlier this week in a decision made
without consultation with the wider membership.

A group of 46 countries from four regional Confederations have appealed to
the IOC administration and Ethics Commission to intervene in “supporting
the ICSD’s own constitution” at a “critical juncture” for the community.

Controversy escalated in May this year when ICSD President Valery
Rukhledev was arrested and placed under house arrest for two months in his
home country of Russia.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union
between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling who had led
the world governing body since 2013, was charged under the Russian
Criminal Code and accused of embezzling over RUB50 million
(£604,000/$803,800/€690,000) from the All-Russian Society of the Deaf
in Moscow.

An ICSD statement following a Board meeting in Yerevan on Monday (July
30), chaired by acting President Kang Chen, said that Rukhledev took the
“serious decision to retire with immediate effect” after “five years of
faithful duty”.

Rebecca Adam has been announced as the new ICSD President ©YouTube
Rebecca Adam has been announced as the new ICSD President ©YouTube
“The ICSD Executive Board wishes to thank Dr. Rukhledev for taking this
step and hopes that all matters against him will be resolved in his
favour,” the statement added.

“Following the statement of Dr. Rukhledev, there was an unanimous decision
by the ICSD Executive Board members to appoint Mrs. Rebecca Adam as the
new ICSD President from the August 1, 2018 until the next ICSD Congress
scheduled for 2021.”

The Board added that it was their duty to “provide a clear path to follow
and to regain the confidence of the international community”.

It has prompted a fierce reaction from the wider membership, though, with
calls intensifying for an Extraordinary Congress to be held as soon as

Other problems currently being faced including a failure to confirm hosts
for next year’s Winter Deaflympics – currently expected to take place in
northern Italy in December 2019 – and the 2021 summer edition.

“We remain hopeful of resolving issues like financial and anti-doping
irregularities, the absence of hosts for the Deaflympics and the continued
lack of support for deaf athletes in many countries, but for this to
happen the ICSD has to show partners that it can be trusted to follow the
rules,” Frouke van Winsum, The Netherlands Deaf Sport Federation President
who is a leading figure in the protest, said.

“For the ICSD Board to continue to overlook the demands of its members,
the needs of its athletes, the trust of its partners and the clear message
of the IOC is simply unacceptable.

“Far more countries than are required by the ICSD constitution have
already called for an Extraordinary Congress.

“I have no doubt we will prevail because those are the rules of our

“It is deeply unfortunate that it seems the ICSD’s Executive Board deny
its commitments to these rules in an attempt to hold on to power, and for
us to have to ask the IOC to intervene.”

Under ICSD rules, a minimum of 38 countries from two regional
Confederations is required for an Extraordinary Congress to be held.

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, The
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and United Kingdom are European signatories.

They are joined by Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and
Nigeria in Africa as well as Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia,
Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and United States in the Americas and Chinese
Taipei, Hong Kong, Nepal and Yemen in Asia.

There are 113 listed ICSD members.

None of the top nations on the 2017 Summer Deaflympics medals table –
Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Turkey, China, Japan, Iran and Venezuela –
have so far joined the critics.

Other figures quoted in the press release today opposing the ICSD Board
include Portugal Deaf Sport Federation President Susana Lourenco and
Australia’s Dean Barton-Smith, the President of the ICSD Athletes’

Lourenco highlighted the failure to find hosts for events and criticised
the absence of certainty on the future of the Deaflympics.

Barton-Smith attacked the “disgraceful Executive Board that is
focused…on clinging to power” and called for the organisation to “start
afresh, with the right people, with the right governance skills and the
right experience to reboot and restore deaf sport globally”.

The IOC Executive Board announced last month they were withholding all
payments to the ICSD because of the continuing allegations of embezzlement
against Rukhledev.

Representatives from the two organisations are due to meet on September

It followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two
bodies in 2016.


random deafsports thoughts

it is sad that Deaflympics nations are bickering with each

IOC has suspended payments and we need to work together
to get funding restored instead of wasting time arguing
with each other!


Gambia national deaf soccer team

part of newspaper story

Gambia Deaf Sports Association Expressed Disappointment, Called for
Government Intervention

According to Lamin Ceesay, the President of the association the complaint
came as a result of their predicament they encountered last year while
going to Bamako for a continental championship dubbed Africa Day ,during
the trip, he said they spend almost three days on the way and slept and
cooked on the highway.

no money means no lodging and meals at hotels. It is not good
when a team has to cook their meals and sleep on the side of
the highway.


Arkansas sports

The new athletic director is Tommy Varner, who also
coaches the school football team


Ohio sports

Dawn Johnson and Bill Estes will share A.D. duties.

Bill as Athletics POC/Logistics and Dawn as Athletics Operations


Fiji Deaf Sevens rugby

FORMER national sevens captain Waisale Serevi will coach the Fiji
Barbarians (Fiji Deaf sevens team) in their preparation for the next
Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship in 2020.

Speaking at the Rugby for Change Seminar at the Oceania Centre Pavilion at
USP, Serevi said he was willing to coach the Barbarians and was going to
try to help make the first place after they reached third in the World
Deaf Rugby Sevens earlier this year.

“I was talking with the team chairperson and he asked if I would be able
to coach the team and I am more than willing to help them out,” he said.

Fiji Deaf Rugby Association manager Paula Ranatawake said he was very
thankful that Serevi was willing to jump on board to help train the team.

“The association was pleased to hear the news as Fiji is expected to
host the next Pacific Regional Games and even though it’s a few years
away, we are ready,” Ranatawake said.

“Since it will be on home ground, we are positive with Sir Serevi’s
help we can win.”

The Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship is expected to be held in Fiji in

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