In a video released late March, and which can be found below, Deaf Sports Australia claims the ICSD has provided them with little information, and they have been been unable to ask questions of leadership and get answers. This is despite repeated attempts to engage with them through multiple channels. Deaf Sports Australia also claims that ICSD had not been compliant in following the organization’s constitution, policies and rules.
Deaf Sports Australia said in the video that they had reached out to other national deaf sport organizations, and that they have said they have experienced similar issues in dealing with the international organization. Nonetheless, Deaf Sport Australia’s General Manager Gary West-Bail told ParaSport-News today that the organization and its members have not and will not be boycotting ICSD.
Australian Deaf Sports was created following a carnival in Adelaide in December of 1954. In 1955, the organization became affiliated to the International Sports Committee for the Deaf (ISCD), the body charged with overseeing the Deaflympics. In 1964, the Australian Deaf Sports Carnival was held in Sydney. This event became a precursor for the Australian Deaf Games, now held annually every three to four years. The organization provides support to athletes in a number of sports including football, futsal, athletics, swimming, cycling, volleyball, netball and basketball.