Erzurum 2024 - Winter Deaflympics 2023

Technical Regulations - Cross Country Skiing

1. EVENTS
This competition will be conducted during the Winter Deaflympics 2023 from 02 Mar 2024 to 12 Mar 2024 and will consist of the following 8 events (4 for men, 4 for women and 0 for mixed):

EventMenWomenMixed
10km Mass Start
15km Mass Start
Sprint Free
Team Sprint Classic
5km Classic
10km Classic

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum AgeMaximum Age
10km Mass Start16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008
15km Mass Start16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008
Sprint Free16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008
Team Sprint Classic16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008
5km Classic16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008
10km Classic16-Born on or before 31 Dec 2008

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaflympics Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.3 Number of Teams
Not Applicable

2.4 Qualified Teams
Not Applicable

2.5 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each Cross Country Skiing discipline listed below:

MenWomen
88

2.6 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
10km Mass Start-4-
15km Mass Start4--
Sprint Free22-
Team Sprint Classic22-
5km Classic-4-
10km Classic4--

2.7 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
10km Mass Start-0-
15km Mass Start0--
Sprint Free00-
Team Sprint Classic00-
5km Classic-0-
10km Classic0--

2.8 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.9 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.10 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100.00 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

3. REGISTRATION
Please refer to the 7. Individual Sports in the General Technical Rules - Winter Deaflympics, for further details on registration.

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Maarit Tusa - ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director (Chair)
Bayram Oren - FIS Cross Country Skiing Representative
Halil Ibrahim Yilmaz - FIS Cross Country Skiing Chief Referee
Harun Akyol - Sport Liaison Officer
Yavuz Kelesogl - Deaf Representative

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Maarit Tusa - ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director (Chair)
Bayram Ören - FIS Cross Country Skiing Representative
Halil Ibrahim Yilmaz - FIS Cross Country Skiing Chief Referee

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations (version: 2023). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations and this Cross Country Skiing Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the FIS Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaflympics Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Wherever possible, officials will possess the FIS international license valid for 2024. However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committee, the Cross Country Skiing Director and an ICSD-designated Representative shall appoint a FIS representative and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director will make a determination.

5. VENUES

5.1 Competition Venue

The competitions will take place at:
VenueSport Event
Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)10km Mass Start, 15km Mass Start, Sprint Free, Team Sprint Classic, 5km Classic, 10km Classic

5.2 Training Venue

The training will take place at:
VenueSport Event
Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre), 10km Mass Start, Sprint Free, Team Sprint Classic, 5km Classic

6. SCHEDULES

6.1 Competition Schedule

Date - TimeMenWomenMixedVenue
03 Mar 2024 - 10:0010km Classic  Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
03 Mar 2024 - 10:455km Classic  Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
05 Mar 2024 - 10:00Sprint Free Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
07 Mar 2024 - 10:0010km Mass Start  Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
07 Mar 2024 - 11:1515km Mass Start  Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
09 Mar 2024 - 10:00Team Sprint Classic Kandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)

6.2 Training Schedule


6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location

The Technical meeting will take place at:
Date - TimeVenue
29 Feb 2024 - 13:00Technical MeetingKandilli Kayaklı Koşu ve Biathlon Merkezi (Kandilli Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Centre)
02 Mar 2024 - 17:30Technical MeetingOC Centre: Erzurum Hizmetiçi Eğitim Enstitüsü
04 Mar 2024 - 17:30Technical MeetingOC Centre: Erzurum Hizmetiçi Eğitim Enstitüsü
06 Mar 2024 - 17:30Technical MeetingOC Centre: Erzurum Hizmetiçi Eğitim Enstitüsü
08 Mar 2024 - 17:30Technical MeetingOC Centre: Erzurum Hizmetiçi Eğitim Enstitüsü

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is prohibited in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone
As per Audiogram Regulations, athletes participating in Winter Deaflympics 2023 are strictly prohibited from using any hearing aids or cochlear implant aids during competitions. This rule applies specifically to the restricted zone, which is defined as follows:

7.1.1.1 Zone

On arrival at the marked departure area, hearing aids must be out of reach, in your bag. They must not be worn at all during the race. They may only be put on after leaving the finish area.

7.1.1.2 Authority

The starting area judges and ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director listed in these regulations are authorized to inspect all athletes for the use of hearing devices.

7.1.1.3 Inspection Location

To be checked on arrival at the start area at the time of sport pass control.

7.1.1.4 Violation

If an athlete is found to be wearing a hearing aid in the restricted area, all athletes must remain in the inspection area. They may not leave the competition area until the referee contacts the head referee and the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director. Only the Referee and the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director have the right to disqualify an athlete caught using a hearing aid in the restricted area. All violations must be documented on the ICSD Violation Form.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.

7.1.3 Award Ceremony
Athletes may use any hearing device during the award ceremony. No penalty will be imposed for using such a device.

8. PROTESTS

8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the FIS Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100.00 must be given to the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director within 15 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100.00 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Cross Country Skiing Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaflympics Headquarters.

9. ADDENDUM

9.1 Visual Accessibility
There must be a visual electronic scoreboard at the finish line. The name, country and of each competitor time of the time skied must be clearly displayed.

9.2 Fluorinated Ski Wax Prohibition
ICR 222.8 - Use of fluorinated wax or tuning products containing fluorine is prohibited for all FIS disciplines and levels. Fluorinated wax can be a competitive advantage and its use in competition will result in disqualification. (see competition rules and equipment specifications)

Notice: this regulations are subject to change. Last updated on Wednesday, 21-Feb-24 15:07:40 GMT.