FS to host games for deaf

2019-12-04 06:00
Dan Tladi, general secretary of the Free State Deaf Sports Federation (FSDSF).

Dan Tladi, general secretary of the Free State Deaf Sports Federation (FSDSF).

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The Free State Deaf Sports Federation (FSDSF) will be hosting the 2020 National Deaf Development Championship under the auspices of the South African Deaf Sports Federation (SADSF).

This will take place from 20 to 24 March in Bloemfontein.

The five-day event features four sporting codes: netball, football, volleyball and ath­letics. Dan Tladi, general secretary of the FSDSF, said seven provinces have confirmed their participation: KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

The sporting event is for athletes born with hearing impairments.

Tladi said the unavailability of sponsorships remained the immediate challenge.

“We are facing challenges of accommodation and catering for participating teams during the tournament,” said Tladi.

“Because of the dire financial situation of the federation we are sometimes unable to send provincial teams to compete at national competitions.

“It is unfair, because this denies our talented athletes the chance to showcase their talent. We are therefore appealing for assistance for the successful staging of the 2020 championship in the Free State.”

Due to the de­clining standard of athletics for the deaf in South Africa, the federation decided to include athletics in line for preparing for the 2021 Deaflympics and World Deaf Athletics Championships.

At the 2017 Deaflympic Games, held from 18 to 30 July 2017 in Samsun, Turkey, South Africa was represented by one male athlete who qualified to compete in the 100 m and 200 m sprinting events.

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