When the 17th Winter Deaflympics were cancelled, the faith in the ICSD was on shaky ground even after the leaders were replaced.
However, that started to change with the success of the 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia. Confidence in ICSD's new leadership was further boosted with the great comeback of the Winter Deaflympics at Khanty-Manslysk. The 18th Games enjoyed a record-breaking number of athletic participants from 27 different nations.
That was what the new ICSD leaders really needed to prove themselves capable of turning things upward under their management.