MINSK, 11 March (BelTA) – The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) has announced its decision to ban Belarusian athletes from the 24th Summer Deaflympics in Brazil, according to the organization's website.
The Deaflympics are sport competitions for people with hearing disabilities. “The ICSD Executive Committee decided to follow the recommendations of the IOC. Thus, athletes from Belarus and Russia, as well as officials from both countries will not be allowed to participate in international competitions in the ICSD calendar until further notice,” the organization said.
This means that the Belarusian athletes will not participate in the Summer Deaflympics which are due Caxias do Sul on 1-15 May. Belarus was to field 37 athletes at the games in five sports: swimming, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, athletics and table tennis. At the previous Deaflympics, held in Turkey in 2017, Belarusians won 16 medals (4-9-3).