Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia canceled
The International Committee of Deaf Sports says the 17th Winter
Deaflympics in Slovakia has been canceled because of a
”comprehensive failure” of local organizers to deliver what they
ICDS chief executive Tiffany Granfors said in a statement Sunday
”we are heartbroken … and we are working as hard as we can to
mitigate the effect it will have on deaf athletes and deaf
On Friday, the committee announced the cancellation of the games
scheduled for Feb. 18-26 in the High Tatras mountain range.
The organizers said they were not able to secure necessary
funding. Chief organizer Jaromir Ruda said they were ready to pay
for the lost expenses to teams.
U.S. team director Jeff Lewis said teams from three countries
had already arrived in Slovakia.