By Jurgen Endress

Dear all basketball friends!

2011 World Deaf Basketball Championships – Qualification matches
EDSO has taken on responsibility and organized the qualification matches:

  1. WC Qualification match on 2 April 2011 in Stockholm: SWE – GBR 59-37
  2. WC Qualification match on 10 April 2011 in London: GBR - SWE 47-54

It was the first WC qualifying matches in the history. I personally visited the match in London and watched the hard-fought game. I am grateful to both teams and the responsible EDSO TO Yaakov Keren for the implementation of the matches.

Regrettably the Swedish team has withdrawn a month later after successful qualification.

2011 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Palermo/ITA
On 4-7 April and 8-11 June 2011 I was in Palermo for the meetings, drawings and workshop with Italian Deaf Sports Federation (FSSI) and Local Organizing Committee "Palermo 2011" (COL). The meetings were important for the checking process of the organizing work, the information exchanges and the last inspection in sports halls and hotel. The draws for Men and Women took place successfully in Television studio in Palermo on 6 April. Results of draws you can see in the website and in the YouTube channel. The long workshop on 10 June with OC members was held in the official hotel Torre Normanna in Altavilla Milicia.

For more information about 2011 WC:

Lately the sad news, the both United States teams withdraw from 2011 WC.

Important date change for 2015 EDBC and 2016 WDBC
The European Deaf Basketball Championships will take place one year earlier in 2015, not as planned in 2016. So the next World Deaf Basketball Championships will be held in 2016. The reasons for this important date change are the improved four-year circle and all Regional Championships should be held simultaneously, two years before the Summer Deaflympics. EDSO and ICSD have confirmed the date changes.

Host search for 2014 U19 WDBC and 2016 WDBC
The U19 World Deaf Basketball Championships will take place in 2014 and the next World Deaf Basketball Championships in 2016. The countries, which are interested to host this arrangement, are kindly requested to contact with me ( The application to host Deaf World Championships form can be found herePDF. I look forward to hearing from you.

I wish you good luck and good success. Train hard for the World Championships! Warmly welcome and see you in Italy!

PS: See also more news in our Facebook "World Deaf Basketball" -

With kind regards,


ICSD Technical Director Basketball