International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)

What’s International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)?

  • An organization that governs and manages sports and competitions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, such as the Deaflympics and the Deaf World Championships. Its acronym is ICSD, and the French abbreviation CISS is also used. It is a member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)
  • The office is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. 124 countries and regions are members. (As of August 22, 2023)
  • The motto is “PER LUDOS AEQUALITAS (Equality Through Sport).”


  • 1924: Established as “Le Comite International des Sports Silencieux (CISS)” in Paris on August 24, 1924.
  • 1955: International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its 50th Session decided to recognise the ICSD as an International Federation with the Olympic standing.
  • 1985: Since then both the ICSD and IOC flags have been flown at every Summer and Winter Deaflympics Games.
  • 2001: ICSD Executive Board (during 19th Summer Deaflympics in Rome) recognised to rename the World Games of the Deaf as the Deaflympics.

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Official ICSD Site

List of Sport Directors

Countries/ Regions