Dear ICSD members,
We will soon be back in Italy, for the third time in the history of the Deaflympics.
After Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk in Russia, it will be the turn of the great nation of Italy to host the athletes of the Winter Deaflympics.
Thank you, Italy for your significant contributions to the Deaflympic movement.
My sincere appreciation must go to our Italian member, FISSI, the municipalities of Valchiavenna and Valtellina, the Italian Paralympic Committee for their dedication, without which we would not be here today.
Thank you to our colleagues on the Organising Committee who will be working hard to deliver 9 days of competition during the 19th Winter Deaflympics for which our athletes will have trained since the last Winter Deaflympics in Russia.
These Games belong to you.
Remember that you are role models for deaf people of the world.
We look forward to seeing your magic through your performances.