Press Release: ICSD Announcement

30 July 2018, Yerevan, Armenia

Dear International Deaf Sports Community,

The ICSD Executive Board is hereunder sharing the first results of its executive meeting in Yerevan, Armenia on the 30 July 2018.

First of all, we would like to express our gratitude to all countries for their concerns about the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf: each email and official letter from Deaf Sports Organizations addressed to the ICSD Executive Board has been considered seriously and seen as a call for action.

The ICSD President - Dr. Valery Rukhledev, the ICSD Acting President - Mr. Kang Chen, together with the ICSD Executive Board wish to advise the following:

  • After 5 years of faithful duty, the ICSD President, Dr. Valery Rukhledev, took the serious decision to retire with immediate effect from the ICSD. The ICSD Executive Board wishes to thank Dr. Rukhledev for taking this step and hopes that all matters against him will be resolved in his favour.
  • Following the statement of Dr. Rukhledev, there was an unanimous decision by the ICSD Executive Board members to appoint Mrs. Rebecca Adam as the new ICSD President from the 01 August 2018 until the next ICSD Congress scheduled for 2021.

It is from now on the duty of the ICSD Executive Board and its new President to provide a clear path to follow and to regain the confidence of the international community. The goal is to demonstrate clearly its capacity to understand, analyze and address the challenges that lie ahead in working towards a stronger ICSD for all. 

We are looking forward to working with you all to deliver our mission that puts our athletes at the heart of everything that we do.