President's Update - Happy Holidays 2017

Greetings to Everyone!

2016 passed very quickly, ICSD's team worked very hard for the benefit of our great athletes' future and I am delighted to share with All of You what ICSD has achieved within 2016.

First and foremost, ICSD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Olympic Committee (IOC). This MoU demonstrates that ICSD is in good standing with IOC.
In the near future, ICSD shall negotiate extra terms in addendum to the MoU.  I strongly believe that ICSD had been waiting for this MoU to be signed with IOC for over 90 years.  This was a first huge step for ICSD with many more to come!

I am also very pleased to share with All of You that I was elected a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I has already participated in the UN session that should bring Deaf Sports to the next level.

ICSD has successfully conducted 11 (eleven) World Deaf Championships in various countries. ICSD has accomplished a lot this year!

Another important thing to share is that the Confederation of African Deaf Sport (CADS) is now underway after having been silent for years. The 2nd General Assembly of the CADS was successfully held in South Africa. The CADS Executive Board Members were duly elected, the workshop was set up to train future professionals and the CADS management is now expected to be in good hands.

The same concerns the PANAMDES. They has elected new President and new members. I can see that they really fond of sports. The operations of the PANAMDES shall result in organisational success from now on.

As the part of the Olympic family, I have been invited by the IOC to attend the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. I was warmly welcomed by the Chairman of IOC "Sport and Active Society Commission" and took part in its fantastic work.

It is important that each National Deaf Sport Federation and its delegates will participate in the 46th ICSD's Congress in 2017.  We will need to make significant decisions together to move forward.
During the Congress, I will share with You All more details. Also, there will be the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in 2017, which is our most important event and I would be very happy to see Everyone in Samsun, Turkey!

On behalf of ICSD, I wish All of You and your families a Happy Holidays and a great 2017! I trust we can accomplish much more in 2017!

Once again, Please enjoy this Holiday Season!

Thank you!