Haryana Government has decided to include Deaflympics in its Sports Policy in order to boost the morale of differently-abled sportspersons in the state.
Decision in this regard was taken during a state cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
With this inclusion, Deaflympian medalists now will be able to get cash rewards, jobs and other benefits from the state government.
- Deaflympics is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned event, at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level.
- The first event of was held in Paris in 1924. It is the first international sporting event for athletes with a disability.
- Previously, it was known as World Games for the Deaf and International Games for the Deaf.
- Organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, (French- Committee International des Sports des Sourds) since first event.
- Deaflympics are held every 4 years and often considered as the longest multi-sports event, excluding the Olympic.
- To qualify for the Deaflympics, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibel (dB).
- In order to maintain equality and same level in participation among athletes, hearing aids, cochlear implants are not allowed during the games.