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Saturday, 9 July 2011

No Athens 2013 Deaflympics

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) is looking for a new host city to stage the 2013 Deaflympics after the Greek government confirmed they will not be able to provide financial support for the Games due to the economic crisis.

Commenting on the news, ICSD President Craig Crowley said: "Today's decision is deeply disappointing, but the decision is also not a complete surprise, especially given the economic crisis in Greece at the moment.

“On becoming President, I was deeply concerned about the hosting arrangements for Slovakia, Athens and Vancouver. Our athletes deserve to be able to train with certainty about their future competitions. ICSD is already working on possible alternatives to Athens 2013.”

ICSD hope to make an announcement about alternative plans by the end of July.

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