International Committee of Sports for the Deaf


The list of ICSD/CISS Presidents includes:

Eugène Rubens-AlcaisEugène Rubens-Alcais - Founder and first president (1924-1953), an auto mechanic by profession, came to be known as the deaf version of Baron de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics.
Oscar RydenOscar Ryden - Second president (1953-1955), a Swedish joiner and woodcarver, sculptor, editor and lecturer.
Jens Peter NielsenJens Peter Nielsen - Third president (1955-1961), a Danish carpenter and lifelong organizer and leader of deaf sports.
Pierre BernhardPierre Bernhard - Fourth president (1961-1971), a French carpenter, wood sculptor, coffin maker, World War II resistance fighter and author.
Jerald M. JordanJerald M. Jordan - Fifth president (1971-1995), an American printer, teacher, Director of Admissions and Records at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, and the first CISS President to receive the Olympic Order from the IOC, in 1995.
John M. LovettJohn M. Lovett - Sixth president (1995-2003), an Australian government administrator who put Australia on the world map of deaf sports.
Donalda Kay AmmonsDr. Donalda Kay Ammons - Seventh president (2003-2009), an American educator and professor at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, who was appointed acting president upon the untimely death of John M. Lovett; At the 2005 Congress she was officially elected for the president position.
Craig A. CrowleyCraig A. Crowley - Eighth president (2009-2013), A British Chief Executive Officer with senior and executive management experience in voluntary organisations. Craig was previously a sports coach, Deaflympian and was also the founding President (Chair) of UK Deaf Sport.
Valery Nikititch RukhledevDr. Valery Nikititch Rukhledev - Ninth President (2013-present), a six-time Deaflympics Champion in Wrestling, one of the ten top ICSD/Deaflympics Athlete of the Century Award recipients, prominent public and political figure on the national and international levels, and long-time deaf sports Executive in his country.