Deaf Athletes Debut in Deaflympics

The Philippine Deaf Team participated for the first time in the Summer Deaflympics. Now on its 21st year, this game was held recently in Taipei, Taiwan. More than 100 countries participated in this year’s games.

Despite having a shoestring budget, which is a common situation for sports athletes from the Philippines, our country was able to field in the 6-man team. Although they were not able to bring home the medals, they were able to experience first hand the Olympics for deaf people.

History of Deaflympics

Held every four years, the Deaflympics were first organized in Paris, France with 145 participating athletes from nine European countries.

Sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the Deaflympics have 20 sports events which include athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, football, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, karate, judo and taekwondo.

The 20th Deaflympics were held in Melbourne, Australia in 2005 with more than 3,000 deaf athletes from 67 nations.

For this Deaflympics, the Filipino participants include Ariscel Lobo, Louvella Catalan, Jorelle Faytaren, Cecilia Villacin, Paul Pacis and Christopher Uy Richard Jay Sunico, the team’s coach, Carolyn Dagani and Sansan Ong.

Despite not winning any medals, this blogger remains proud of you and holds you in high esteem. Congratulations! 🙂

Probably if our government would focus more on supporting sports and our athletes and not putting all their efforts on corruption and scandals, we may be able to produce more gold medalists and make our country proud.

To know more about the plight of our Filipino deaf athletes, please go to this Philippine Daily Inquirer link.


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