Deaflympic Games suddenly called off, disappointing Japanese athletes

2011/2/15

It was reported that the 17th Deaflympic Winter Games, scheduled to begin in Slovakia on February 18, was called off due to lack of the management funding.

Among 52 members of the Japanese national team who were to participate, 23 athletes already were around in Slovakia for a practice.

The International Sports Committee of the Deaf announced the cancellation of the Games on February 11 (12 in Japan standard time).

The Japanese Federation of the Deaf received the report and told the national team, giving the group who remained in Japan a briefing on February 15. A few felt bitter with tears about the sudden news. JFD officials said, "Their pain is grave because they have practiced hard for the Games. We want to protest against the organizer".

Over 300 athletes from 22 countries and regions were expected to compete at the Winter Games.

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