ICSD To Hold 2011 Congress In The Eternal City

Frederick MD, USA - The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf today announced the venue and dates of its 43rd ICSD Congress: Rome, from 13-15 September.

"ICSD is delighted to have the support of the Federazione Sport Sordi Italia as we all prepare for Congress. Rome will make for a memorable and productive meeting of the deaf sport world," commented ICSD President Craig Crowley. "Deaf sport faces huge challenges, to repair some poor decisions about hosting the Deaflympics and to take our movement forward. But at the same time, there are new opportunities for us to embrace. We must work together, and we must work quickly," added Crowley.

ICSD Congress will be held at Rome's Summit Hotel, conveniently located between the airport and the city centre. The hotel also regularly serves as a venue for FSSI meetings.

"Ten years after hosting the Deaflympics, FSSI is proud to welcome the world of deaf sport to Rome again. The Summit Hotel is the home of our own annual congress. We know you will find it to be a comfortable and productive place," commented FSSI President Daniela Mazzocco. "FSSI looks forward to hosting the organisation of deaf sport. We also look forward to competitions involving top deaf athletes from around the world. The ICSD World Deaf Basketball Championships will take place in Palermo, following the ICSD Congress in Rome," added Mazzocco.

ICSD and FSSI will provide further information in the coming days and weeks about accommodation, pricing and other details. The deadline for members to submit new motions for Congress has been set at 13 June. 

"Considering the opinions of ICSD members is something we do every day, not just at Congress," commented Craig Crowley. "I was elected on the basis of making ICSD a more open and accountable organisation. It is only right that we consider new motions. Members must remember, however, that we already have a number of motions to consider from Vysoké Tatry. In addition, changes to our Constitution are required to conform with our partners in the Olympic Movement. We will have a very busy time in Rome, and also before, as we reform, restructure and renew our organisation," concluded Crowley.

By Secretariat