Today, 96 national deaf sports federations
are members of CISS. The need for separate games for deaf athletes is not
just evident in the numbers of participants. Deaf athletes are distinguished
from all others in their special communication needs on the sports field,
as well as in the social interaction that is an equally vital part of the
The first Winter Games, held in Seefeld, Austria,
in 1949, included 33 athletes from 5 nations.
In 2007, the 16th Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake
City, United States, 298 athletes from 23 countries participated.
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, will host the 21st Summer Deaflympics
in September 2009.
High Tatras, Slovakia, will host the 17th Winter
Deaflympics in February 2011.
Athens, Greece, will host the 22nd Summer Deaflympics
in August 2013.
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