Deaf people have subverted many barriers over time, whether ensuring education and accessibility or basic day-to-day rights. In sport it was no different, the deaf community has always been a pioneer, having created the second oldest multi-sport event in history and the first that involved people considered to be non-standard. Sport is something that unites everyone as a society, a bond that breaks differences and leads everyone to a path of respect, and the deaf have proved this with great determination and pride over time. The deaflympic movement is the link between sport and the deaf community, a banner of diversity and a landmark of equity in all corners of the world. To be involved with this movement is not only to commit to the future of society but to practice the act of empathy with those different from who we are.
The magnitude of the event, in addition to providing opportunities for integration, reflection and awareness to the participants and society, adds to the policies of this State of inclusion and strengthening of actions through sport. In this sense, I come to express the support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul in the accomplishment of the Twenty-Fourth edition of the Deaflympics, in the year of 2021, in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and inform that our State is willing to collaborate in the realization of this great event.
Our Caxias is prepared and feels honored by the opportunity to host this great event. The 24th Summer Deaflympics will be a milestone for the country and especially for the municipality, providing opportunities to strengthen inclusion and visibility for deaf athletes. We will work with great dedication to the development of sport and the organization of the event. We look forward to 2022.
Deaflympics, which for the first time will be held in Latin America, will celebrate life, inclusion and sport. The Ministry of Citizenship and the Special Secretariat for Sport are partners, are together and join the Committee for the construction of this great event scheduled for December 2021, in Caxias do Sul. Inclusion is a priority of President Bolsonaro’s government.
On behalf of the International Committee of Sports of the Deaf (ICSD), I am honored to extend my most sincere invitation to each of you to Caxias do Sul for the 2021 Summer Deaflympics. Not only will it provide an excellent opportunity for all deaf athletes also showcase Brazil’s capability of hosting the international multi-sport event. It will be a milestone for the history of the Deaflympics also the first hosting city from South America.
We have a long tradition in sport events for the deaf. We have already hosted the South-American Championship for deaf people 2014 and the World Handball Championship for the deaf 2018. It is a honor to be the priority headquarters of Deaflympics 2021, which will be the biggest event ever registered in Rio Grande do Sul.