Organizing Committee and SER Caxias sign contract to lease space for Deaflympics

Gustavo signing the paper with Ewald and SER representatives

This Friday morning, December 17, in the Salão Nobre of the Estádio Centenário, a contract was signed between the Organizing Committee of the Deaflympics Caxias 2021 and the Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul (SER Caxias), to provide spaces for use during the 24th edition of the deaflympic games, which will take place in Caxias do Sul, between May 1st and May 15th, 2022.

The event was attended by the President of ICSD (International Sports Committee for the Deaf), Gustavo Perazzolo, the CEO of the Games Organizing Committee, Richard Ewald, the President of Caxias, Paulo César Santos and the Institutional Relations Director of the club, João Luiz Cont.

The Centenário Stadium will be the stage for the grand final of football in the Deaflympics, both for men and women, and will also be used in the semifinals. The Supplementary turf will be used in the previous phases. In addition to the structure of Caxias, two or three fields will be used in the Deaflympics at the Youth Sports Club Training Center, Municipal Stadium, Marcopolo's Campestre headquarters, among other places, which will host games or training for the teams.

In the coming days, a contract should be signed with Esporte Clube Juventude and with Recreio da Juventude, which will host the swimming competitions at the Deaflympics, in addition to providing spaces for training sessions and games in other sports.

US Cycling Delegate visits the Organizing Committee

On Thursday, December 16, the Organizing Committee of the 24th Deaflympics hosted the American Paul Andrew Wood. A former athlete and medalist, he is now the international responsible for the modalities of deaflympic cycling.

On a technical visit, Wood was accompanied by the delegation led by the President of the International Sports Committee for the Deaf (ICSD), Gustavo Perazzolo. Among the places visited was the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora de Caravaggio, in Farroupilha, where the fastest cycling races and the start of the long races will take place.

The delegation was also in Nova Roma do Sul, the city where the long rides will pass (50 and 100km), and also went to Salto Ventoso, where the Mountain Bike rides will take place.

Paul Wood is of the view that it is important that Deaflympic competitions are treated by the media in the same way as the Olympics. "In the future I think that the press, the media, that everyone looks at the magnitude of this event, and that the hearing and the deaf are matched on the same level of competition, and we already have many cyclists who compete at a high level, and the listener needs know and recognize these athletes," says the American.

He was a five-time gold medalist in Deaflympics, competing and achieving good results from the 1989 edition in New Zealand to 2013 in Bulgaria. Wood is a native of Washington DC and is 53 years old.

About the Deaflympics

The Deaflympics is an international multi-sport event, organized by the International Committee on Sports for the Deaf (ICSD - International Committee of Sports for the Deaf). The first edition, held in Paris in 1924, was also the first sporting event for people with special needs.

The Summer Deaflympics takes place every 4 years and is the oldest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. For the 24th Summer edition, it is expected to receive 6,500 people, including deaf athletes and technical commissions and teams from more than 90 countries.

As a historic landmark, Brazil will be the first country in Latin America to host the Summer Deaflympic Games, which will also be the biggest multi-sport event ever held in Rio Grande do Sul.