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23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey on July 18-30, 2017

2017 Deaflymics

​A fast-growing major Black Sea port city with population already over half a million, Samsun has two universities, several hospitals, shopping malls, manufacturing industry and an opera. It also boasts of having numerous sports facilities. The city was a recent host of the 6th Para-Taekwondo World Championship, followed by World Taekwondo Grand Prix series 2.

"Samsun is a sport city," Samsun Governor Ibrahim Sahin was quoted saying.
"We are building new sports facilities (in advance for the 2017 Deaflympics)."

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2017 Deaflymics

To the untrained eye, a quick glance at the logo of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, it might be just a simple but bold stroke of art; a pictogram depicting a red hand holding a twig of colorful leaves.

However, to those who examine closely and especially if they already know the value and purpose of international sports competition, the logo may immediately be identified as a fitting symbol for Deaflympics.

Furthermore, for those who have cultural and historical knowledge of the host city and country, the symbol would be noticed to have an added dimension showing that Deaflympics is being held in Samsun, Turkey.

All in all, the main pictorgram is a skillful and graceful combination of all symbolic elements rolled into a shape that alternatively represents a hand, a flame, a flower, and a bird.

When viewed as a shape of a hand with the forefinger pressed against thumb, it symbolizes Deaf communication through sign language.

The other purpose of the finger and thumb is to hold a leafy twig.  It represents an olive branch.  The colors of the leaves match those found in the Olympiad rings.  It symbolizes the nations" union in peace and friendship during the competition of the Games.

Then the view of the hand switches into one of a flame.  It represents the famous Olympiad fire. When viewed as a flower, it is in a tulip form.  Tulips are native to Turkey, and they were significant to the Turkish culture since Ottoman Empire era.

Last but not least, the other shape the logo can be viewed is a bird, the pheasant.  As part of a project “Program to Support Wild Life with Pheasant” since 1969, Samsun had bred and raised over 100,000 pheasants and released them into the wild.  This has made the pheasant the city"s symbol.

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2017 U20 Americas Deaf Basketball Championships in Bolivia

2017 U20 Americas Deaf Basketball Championships in Bolivia

BOLIVIA – Welcome and Information about 2017 U20 Americas Deaf Basketball Championships for Men and Women.

The 2017 U20 ADBC will be held in Chuquisaca, Bolivia, from 8 to 14 October 2017.

villa bolivariana and sports hall Villa Bolivariana and Sports Hall

Age Eligibility: Athletes, born on or after 1 January 1997, are eligible for this competition.

07 October 2017 – Team arrivals, Check in, Technical Meeting
08 October 2017 – Opening Ceremony, Tournament matches
09 – 13 October 2017 – Tournament matches
14 October 2017 – Final matches, Closing Ceremony, Farewell Party
15 October 2017 – Check out, Team departures

E-mail for team registration:
E-mail for hotel & transportation:

2017 U20 Americas Official Poster
Sports Hall Sports Hall
HotelVilla Bolivariana

More information on official 2017 U20 ADBC website: coming soon

Result of Preliminary Team Registration:

MEN (9 teams of 12 places)
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America

WOMEN (3 teams of 12 places)
United States of America

Deadline for final registration: 1 May 2017
We hope to get some more registrations, especially women.