The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) is the main governing body responsible for the organization of Deaflympics and other World Deaf Championships.
Founded in 1924 and known as the CISS (Comité International des Sports des Sourds), the ICSD is now approaching the century mark of being the organization behind the building, evolving and fortifying the tradition of inviting deaf/hard of hearing elite athletes from all of the world to come together not only to compete in their respective sports, but to also develop comradeships between their countries.
Postponement of the 2021 Summer Deaflympics
On 29 January 2021, Plural Committee of the 2021 Summer Deaflympics received the ICSD Letter concerned with the safety and health of deaf athletes, teams, families, organization, volunteers and spectators from all over the world during COVID-19 pandemic. ICSD suggests to consider postponing the 2021 Summer Deaflympics to 2022. Understanding the reasons and accepting the request of the ICSD, it was decided that the event should take place between the 01 and 15 May 2022 in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. The decision to postpone it is due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As vaccination around the world presents significant differences between one country and another, the measure seeks to guarantee a longer time for the immunization of the world population. It mirrors the need to rank human health and efforts to stop this virus spreading above any other consideration. Today, the ICSD Executive Board have concluded that the 2021 Summer Deaflympics in Brazil must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2021 but not later than summer 2022, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Deaflympics and the international community. The ICSD will continue to monitor the official updates of COVID-19 so that the health and safety of everyone continues to be cared for. We believe it is an assertive decision that will bring great benefits in relation to the organization and preparation of deaf athletes.