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Deaflympics 2013
Host City Contract Signed For Sofia 2013 Deaflympics
       The host city contract for the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics was signed , by the Bulgarian government, by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf and by the Bulgarian Deaf Sports Federation. The Sofia 2013 Deaflympics will open on 26 July 2013 and close on 4 August.
       “On behalf of all the world’s deaf athletes, I would like to express my sincere thanks to our Bulgarian friends for offering to host the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia. We will be forever grateful,” said ICSD President Craig Crowley.
       Sofia first hosted the Deaflympics in 1993 and now joins Copenhagen as one of the only two cities in the world to have hosted two Deaflympics. (Oslo has twice hosted the Winter Deaflympics).
       “Now the shadow of uncertainty has been completely lifted, I know deaf athletes everywhere will be training hard, to make their dreams of Deaflympics participation come true,” added Crowley. “We will now quickly move to the task of supporting ICSD members to prepare the biggest and strongest teams possible.”
       “Bulgaria has recently proven that we are good hosts thanks to the successful World Deaf Volleyball Championships and the World Deaf Wrestling Championships here in Bulgaria and I believe we will once again show the world how well we can host sports events with the Deaflympics next year,” said Sports Minister Svilen Neykov. “There is a good sprirt of friendship and partnership between our country and the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. We would like to express our positive attitude towards the Deaflympics. And we will deliver all that we have promised.”
       Iconic venue including the Vassil Levski National Stadium will feature at Sofia 2013 alongside newly built facilities including the recently-opened Arena Armeets indoor stadium, and recently-renovated facilities including the Carlsberg Bulgarian National Tennis Centre.
       “The government’s support for Sofia 2013 is something we all value very highly,” said Bulgarian Deaf Sports Federation President Nikolay Nikolov. “Bulgaria is lucky to have a thoughtful and inclusive government that is committed to every level of sports participation, from the elite to the grassroots. We have strong federations in all the major sports and I look forward to their help in making sure the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics deliver excellent standards of competition.”
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Sofia 2013 Deaflympics Schedule
Deaflympics 2013 were opened in Sofia
       With an Open Ceremony in Sofia were opened Deaflympics 2013. The Bulgarian capital welcomed the biggest sports event for deaf people for second time. The first was in 1993 when Sofia was a host of the ÕV²² Deaflympics with 1705 participants from 51 countries all over the world.
Now the athletes are 4603 from 96 countries. The facts are clear. The sport among the deaf people is growing up despite the financial crisis especially in Europe. Of course the host of Deaflympics 2013 is an honor but also a big challenge for the Organizing Committee and Bulgarian Deaf Federation - they had only a year to prepare the games. 
       The Open Ceremony was held in the new Arena-Armeec Hall (12 470 seats) and the athletes were greeted from Mariana Georgieva - Minister of Youth and Sports, who read the greeting address from Prime Minister - Plamen Oresharski,
The athletes parade in Arena-Armeec Hall
and Nikolay Nikolov - President of Bulgarian Deaf Sports Federation.
Deaflympics 2013 were officially opened from the President of ICSD Craig Crowley. He expressed his gratitude to Bulgarian government and the Organizing Committee.
       The memorial moment of the Open Ceremony was the fact that for the first time of Deaflympics, in Sofia was lightened the Fiery Rhyton. The lighter was the Bulgarian wrestler Angel Kremov.

The results from the draw for the 4th EC Futsal Championshiop in Sofia


4th European Deaf Futsal Championships
The officials presented at the draw: TO Andrew Scolding, BDSF President Nikolay Nikolov, EDSO treasurer Guido Zanecchia, Hristo Monov - OC president
Men
Group A
Bulgaria
Italy
Belgium
France
Group B
Russia
Nederland
Poland
Croatia
Group C
Ukraine
Denmark
Belarus
Hungary
Group D
Turkey
Swiss
Israel
Moldova
Women
Group A
Denmark
Great Britain
Turkey
Hungary
Group B
Russia
Belgium
Ireland

Group C
Poland
Norway
Swiss

Group D
Germany
Sweden
Italy
Spain

7th European Deaf Badminton Championships
Bulgarians won medals in 5 events
       Bulgarian team made a great performance and won medals in 5 events at the 7th Badminton Deaf European Championships in Geneva. The top badminton player Gergana Baramova won gold in women's singles after defeated Katrin Neudolt (Aut) with 2:1 (16, -25, 19). She won another gold in the women's doubles with Silviya Bozeva. They defeated the Russians Dormidontova/Soboleva in the final with 2:1 (-19, 17, 19). Baramova won bronze medal in mixed doubles with her partner  Lyudmil Getov. They lost the semifinal match from the champions Karpov/Soboleva (Rus) with 2:0 (11, 11). And finally Baramova added silver to complete her medal collection in the team competition where Bulgaria lost the final from Russia with 5:0.
       Lyudmil Getov and his teammate in the men's doubles won bronze medals after they lost in the semis from the Russian champions Efremov/Karpov with 2:0 (18, 14).
Bulgarian players won 5 medals

Results and Program
Ukraine and Russia won the titles
The Ukraine's receive their European title
       Ukraine in men's tournament and Russia in women's tournament won the European titles in the recently finished deaf futsal championship in Sofia. The Ukraine footballers were losing on the halftime with 2:1 of the final but managed to turn the game in the second half and won with 7:5 over Russia. For the third place the teams of Nederland and Turkey finished without winner in the regular time 4:4, but the Dutch players scored twice in the extra time and took the bronze.
       Russia and Germany also didn't manage to defeat each other in the regular time of the women's final 1:1. In the extra time the Russians scored two goals and became the champion with final score 3:1. England took the third place after defeated Spain with 6:1.
       

       Jacobus Casteljns (Ned) became the scorer with 18 goals and he also won the prize of most valuable player. The scorer by the ladies became Danielle Evans (Eng) with 14 goals and Stefanie Ziegler took the most valuable player prize.
       Alexey Afanasyev (Rus) was elected for best goalkeeper by the men and Margit Makai (Hun) by the women. The fair play prize went to Swiss for the men and to Italy for the women.
The Russian women team enjoy the title

1st World Youth Deaf Badminton Championships
The 1st World Youth Deaf Badminton Championships was opened in Sofia
       (15.07) The 1st World Youth Deaf Badminton Championships was opened in Bulgarian capital Sofia. The competition will be held in Hristo Botev sports hall in the next two days. The badminton athletes from 9 countries: Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania, Republic of Korea, India, France and China Taipei will participate.
       The president of Bulgarian Deaf Sports Federation - Nikolay Nikolov, the Executive director of Agency for People with Disabilities - Mincho Koralski and the chairman of Bulgarian Deaf Union - Nikolay Ninov attended at the Open Ceremony.
       Immediately after the 1st World Youth Deaf Badminton Championships will be held 4th World Deaf Badminton Championships - men & women. The two sports events are under the patronage of Sofia municipality and Ministry of Youth and Sports.


A moment from the Open ceremony
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4th World Deaf Badminton Championships
Russia won the team title
       Russian badminton team won the World title of the 4th Deaf Championships which was held in Bulgarian capital Sofia. In the final the Russians defeated the team of China Taipei with 3:1 matches.
       The bronze medals went to the represents of Japan who succeeded to won the host team of Bulgaria with 3:1.
       The championships continues with the matches in singles and different type of doubles.


Bulgaria won the title in woman doubles
       Bulgaria won the title in woman doubles at the 4th World Deaf Badminton Championships which was held in Sofia. The Olympic title holder from Taipei - Gergana Baramova and her teammate Silviya Bozeva took the gold after defeated the Japans - Shinada/Yoshida with 2:0 (9, 14). Baramova didn't success to reach the final in the singles and left with bronze.
       The gold in women singles took Yan-Ru Shen (China Taipei). She defeated Katrin Neudolt with 2:0.
       In the men's competition Myeongsoo SEO (Kor) defeated ¹1 seeded Karpov (Rus) with 2:1, and the title in the men doubles went to Efremov/Gulomzoda which defeated Antonov/Karpov with 2:0 in Russian final.
       In the mixed doubles to the final reached two Russians pairs. Karpov/Tiurina won the gold with 2:0 over Gulomzoda/Stayger.

Bozeva and Baramova won gold for the host

9th European Deaf Athletics Championships
Elena Uzunova set a new world record in Javelin throw
       Bulgarian athlete Elena Uzunova set a new world record at the European Deaf Athletics outdoor Championships which was held in the polish town Bydgoszcz. Uzunova throw the javelin to 47.23 m. and won the

title in the discipline.
       The previous record from 46.20 m. was set at the World Championships in Izmir (Tur) 2008 from the Japan athlete Sato Yu.
       ''This is unbelievable success. Winning
the gold is a very great achievement for Elena and for deaf sport at all. She worked very hard in the recent months with great concentration and I secretly hope that she can win the title, but her result definitely was a big surprise for me. The concurrence was extremely high and that fact make the Elena's achievement even greater. Our joy is beyond description, we are returning to home with a gold medal and new world record", said her coach Ivan Stoikov.
       Uzunova was the only Bulgarian athlete at the championship and she helped to her country to occupy 7th place in the final medal standings.
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