Organizers cancel Deaflympics

Updated: February 13, 2011, 5:16 PM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- The International Committee of Deaf Sports says the 17th Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia has been canceled because of a "comprehensive failure" of local organizers to deliver what they promised.

ICDS chief executive Tiffany Granfors said in a statement Sunday "we are heartbroken ... and we are working as hard as we can to mitigate the effect it will have on deaf athletes and deaf sport."

On Friday, the committee announced the cancellation of the games scheduled for Feb. 18-26 in the High Tatras mountain range.

The organizers said they were not able to secure necessary funding. Chief organizer Jaromir Ruda said they were ready to pay for the lost expenses to teams.

U.S. team director Jeff Lewis said teams from three countries had already arrived in Slovakia.


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