The Deaflympics ( from Engl. Deaf, " deaf", and Olympics, " Olympic Games") are an every four years, one year after the Olympic Games, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf ( ICSD ) be registered competition in deaf sport. There are alternately discharged summer and winter games. Previously, the event Silent World Games for the Deaf was called ( "Silent World Games for the Deaf " ) and later the Deaf World Games. After the International Olympic Committee (IOC ) has recognized the games, they are called Deaflympics. At the Paralympics take deaf so far not participate.

  • 4.1 summer
  • 4.2 Winter





The task of the nomination of athletes to send to the Deaflympics is up in many nations the National Deaf Sports Federation. In Germany, the DGS, in Austria the ÖGSV responsible for the training camp, nominations and secondments. It will not only put emphasis on the best players to send to the Deaflympics, send many associations younger exceptional talents that will then gain experience for their future career paths.

Best-known participants

The best known Deaflympics participants is probably Terence Parkin, who won in Rome a year before his victory at the Deaflympics in 2001 at the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney silver for 200m breaststroke.



  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Athletics
  • Mountain bike
  • Orienteering
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Rings ( Freestyle )
  • Rings ( Greco-Roman )


  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Curling
  • Hockey
  • Snowboard


The logo was designed in 2004 by graphic design artist Ralph Fernandez. It is a positive and powerful symbol of the international deaf sports community. The logo combines the powerful elements: sign language, deaf and international cultures, unity and continuity.

The hand sign for "OK ​​" and "good" ( index finger tip to thumb tip, the stripes represent respectively the middle, ring and little fingers ) are overlapped each other in a circle. It represents "union" and is the original sign of " Deaflympics ".

The center of the logo represents the iris of the eye represents the deaf people define themselves as visual people, they need to use their eyes to communicate.

The logo contains the four colors of the national flags of the world. The red, blue, yellow and green represent the four regional confederations - the Asia Pacific Deaf Confederation, the European Deaf Sport Organization, the Pan American Deaf Sports Organization and the Confederation of African Deaf Sports.