Report From Vice President

By David Lanesman

We are now one and an half year away from the Taipei 2009 21st Summer Deaflympics and we are going into higher gear in preparations for these Summer Deaflympics.

On 12-13th March 2008 the ICSD management team meeting was held in Israel and it was decided that ICSD will oversee the organiziation of Summer Deaflympics qualifying football tournaments for the African teams.  A total of 8 African teams have confirmed for Taipei 2009 21st Summer Deaflympics football but only two (2) top teams will win places in the Summer Deaflympics. The tournaments will be divided into two regions – West-North Africa and Southern Africa. I will be the liaison officer with the organization of the tournaments. The venues and dates of these tournaments will be announced very shortly after I finalize with the selected host countries.

The Africa Deaf Football Cup that was scheduled for May 2008 is again postponed for lack of financial support. We will push for 2011 (or 2012) Africa Deaf Football Cup which will also act for qualifying matches for 2013 Summer Deaflympics. We are searching for host for this Cup tournament. If any of African country members is interested in hosting, please apply to CADS Secretariat  at yusuf@cadsports.org as soon as possible with copy to me at lanesman@ciss.org  but the application must contain letter of support from the National football association or City Administration (Municipality or Council) and the letter of confirmation of place and dates from the National Deaf sports Federation. So start preparing now. I wish you good luck!

David Lanesman
ICSD Vice President