On Saturday 3 November, the ICSD board met online and considered several sports questions related to Sofia 2013. One of these questions was handball.
Handball will now be added to the programme of Sofia 2013. This participation will be subject to the usual conditions: final registration will be required from at least five countries from at least two regions for the competition to go ahead.
ICSD members have made it clear that not putting handball on the schedule for Sofia 2013 would make it impossible to do further work to develop the sport in 2014 and beyond. Governments would simply stop funding the sport in many countries now. For handball to remain on the Deaflympics programme, however, future growth of the sport will be vital.
ICSD is grateful for the Sofia 2013 Organising Committee for agreeing to host the tournament. The Technical Director will be Marijo Lusic of Croatia and he can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org