Monday, August 3, 2009

21st Summer Deaflympics Taipei 2009 Only 32 Days Away

Nearly 4,000 deaf athletes from 81 countries are expected to participate in the 2009 Summer Deaflympics, which will be taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from September 5 to September 15, 2009. The Deaflympics requires its participating athletes to have a hearing loss in their better ear of more than 55 decibels.

More than 150 individual and team events across twenty different sports will be taking place over the course of the games. Included are: Athletics (Track & Field), Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Handball, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling Freestyle, Wrestling Greco-Roman, Karate, Judo and Taekwondo.

The first Deaflympics, originally known as World Games for the Deaf, was held in 1924 in Paris, 28 years after the first-ever Olympic Games in 1896. The first Deaflympics was also the first Games ever held anywhere in the world for athletes with disability.

Learn more about the Deaflympics here. Visit to view more than 6,000 items designed to help the deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, arthritic, diabetic and those with mobility issues and other special needs live more active and independent lives.

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