The Deaflympics (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.
Deaflympic Dates and Locations: During the countdown for the 2009 Taipei event Jackie Chan, (actor), sung the 2009 Deaflympics theme song "Power in Me" and told the crowd about an accident in Yugoslavia which left him with decreased hearing in one ear.
He encouraged everyone to keep trying their best and never to give up in order to succeed.
Unlike other games for athletes with disabilities, which are all directed by non-disabled officials, the Deaflympics are run by deaf people for deaf athletes.
These games evolved into the modern Deaflympics, governed by the CISS.
The CISS maintains separate games for deaf athletes based on their numbers, their special communication needs on the sports field, and the social interaction that is a vital part of sports. Organized since 1924 by the Comite International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), the first Summer Deaflympics were held in Paris. The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, IOC.
To qualify for the games, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 db in their "better ear".
Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed to be used in competition, to place all athletes on the same level.
They are also among the world's fastest growing sports events. Previously called World Games for the Deaf, and International Games for the Deaf, the Deaflympics are an IOC-sanctioned event at which Deaf athletes compete at an elite level.
The event was last held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, and attracted over 3,000 competitors.
The biggest difference between the Deaflympics, Olympics, Paralympics, and other main sporting events is the competitors cannot start a race with a bell, whistle, bullhorn or cannot hear a referee call the play.
Formal international competition in deaf sport began with the 1924 Paris Silent Games, organized by the Comite International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf).