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Haryana Government included Deaflympics in its sports policy

May 9, 2015 15:00 IST

State Government of Haryana on 9 May 2015 included Deaflympics in its Sports Policy. It was included to enable Deaflympian medalists to get cash rewards, jobs and other benefits.

Decision to this effect to include Deaflympics in sports policy was taken during a state cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Chandigarh.

Deaflympics, previously known as World Games for the Deaf and International Games for the Deaf, is an event sanctioned by International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its participants are deaf athletes and they compete at an elite level.

It is the longest multi-sports event excluding the Olympics and is held once in every four years. The first games were held in Paris in 1924, and were also the first ever international sporting event for athletes with a disability. Since first event, the games is organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Comite International des Sports des Sourds (CISS)).

The games are held in two forms, that is, summer and winter. The 1924 Paris event was the summer games, while the first winter games was held in 1949 at Seefeld.

The last summer deaflympics was held in 2013 at Sofia, the winter deaflympics is scheduled to happen in 2015 at Khanty-Mansiysk.

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