Deaflympics – September 5 – 15th, 2009

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Every 4 years, the Deaflympics takes place.  This year, the Games will be held in Taipei, China on September 5 – 15th, 2009.  There are over 80 countries participating, with nearly 4,000 Deaf competitors.  The first Deaflympics was held in 1924 in Paris, France.  There were only 145 athletes, and 9 European countries, represented.  At one time, The Deaflympics was called “World Games for the Deaf”.

In order for a country to host The Deaflympics, it must apply 6 years in advance.  The next Deaflympics will be held in Athens, Greece, in 2012.

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