A new season is to begin shortly (at least in the northern hemisphere) and I wish all athletes good luck in their efforts to improve their results.

As usual we can expect a lot of new World Records for not only adults but also juniors. Please, be aware that junior records are for athletes born in 1988 or later.

We have developed new Record Application Forms for track/road as well as field events. These can be found – and printed – from the ICSD homepage:   Please be aware that the forms must be filled carefully and signed by all relevant officers. In the past we often have seen that some signatures are missing or signed on a wrong place. The forms must be signed by the President and Secretary (or another officer) of the Deaf Sports Federation of the country where the meeting was held. It is important that you submit the documents listed on the form (programme, results, result sheet, etc.).

I wish everyone good luck for the coming season.

First World Championships 2008

At the ICSD Congress in Salt Lake City, February 2007, the Venezuelan team gave a brief information about the arrangement of the first World Deaf Athletics Championships to be held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, September 20-28, 2008.

After the Congress I had a meeting with the Venezuelan team to discuss details around the organisation of the World Championships. Among others I proposed that the Championships be held in Caracas instead of Barquisimeto because Caracas will have a new, fully renovated stadium ready in 2008. Caracas also has an international airport with more airlines and easier connections than Barquisimeto.

Unfortunately I have not received communications from the Venezuelan Organising Committee when this report is written. I hope to give more detailed news in the next issue of the eNews.

Barbara C. Søndergaard
ICSD Technical Director - Athletics

By Barbara Sondergaard