New chair of the ICSD Women in Sports Commission

Dear ICSD members and athletes,

We are thrilled and grateful to announce a new leader in the ICSD family.

The ICSD Executive Board have endorsed the appointment of Ms. Nadezhda Shakbazyan to the Chair of the ICSD Women in Sports Commission. Up until now, Nadezhda has had a lifelong role as a leader in sport in Russia. She has served in a number of senior roles including her current role as the Head of Deaflympics in Russia.

Her responsibilities as Chair of the Women in Sports Commission will include the provision of advice to the board on recommended initiatives in the area of gender equality, the delivery of a new Diversity Policy for ICSD and to work with the IOC to ensure that deaf sports benefits from current research and thinking in gender equality.

The road to gender equality is long and difficult and I am looking forward to the strong and sustainable leadership from Ms. Shakbazyan and her Commission towards the achievement of this goal for ICSD.

I trust you will join me in congratulating Nadezhda on her appointment.


Rebecca Adam

ICSD President