The National Sports Conference for the Deaf, sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, will be held in Tokushima Prefecture on September 16-19. It will be the first time in 39 years since the last event in 1971.
High-ranking athletes in the Conference will be recommended for the Japanese national team at the Deaflympic Games in Athens, Greece in 2013.
About 1500 participants from around Japan will be expected, and 300 volunteers are needed for the preparation and management of the national event.
The organizing committee has requested about 30 sign language circles for the recruitment of the volunteers in the prefecture since last autumn. However, only about 150 persons responded. So the committee continues to ask the local residents for the cooperation.