The idea of the design comes from the Chinese character "北" (Pei – North) of TaiPei, with the "ear" of the deaf. The "人" (man) as athlete is the main body of three elements in the design. "Pei" is emphasized, representing the host city of 21st Summer Deaflympics in 2009 – TAIPEI. In overall, the design neatly and gently delineates the shape of ear in calligraphic style that demonstrates the nature and quality of the deaf in Taiwan, ingeniously projecting the "image of running man". It actively shows the endless vigor of Taiwan, and the challenging spirits of the deaf sportsmen.
The design is applied with red and blue colors like the national flag, presenting the idea of "Taiwan outward to the world, international community inward to Taiwan". With its stylish and colorful implications, the logo presents the beauty and strength of Summer Deaflympics.
Taipei, the biggest city of Taiwan, has been selected to be the host of the 21st Summer Deaflympics. In the meanwhile, this is the milestone that the first Summer Deaflympics to be held in Asia. For this breaking point, Taipei City Government reconstructs the forty-year-old stadium and other venues to make their best effort to fit the standards.
Judo, Karate, and Taekwondo have been added in the Deaflympic sports competition program.
Gabor Mathe of Hungary received a $5000 Fair Play Award from Widex.
Location: Taipei Chinese Taipei (TPE) Opening Date: 5 Sep 2009 Closing Date: 15 Sep 2009 Nations: 77 Athletes: 2493 Men: 1714 Women: 779 First Time Athletes: 1514 Returning Athletes: 979 Sports: 17 Disciplines: 20 Events: 177 Logo designer:Mr. Ke, Zheng-qing Poster designer:JRV International Web:http://www.2009deaflympics.org