The First International Silent Games, or First International Games for the Deaf, now referred to retroactively as the1924 Summer Deaflympics, were the inaugural edition of the Deaflympics. The Games were held in Paris, France, from 10 to 17 August 1924, as an equivalent to the Olympic Games for Deaf athletes.
Now 22nd Summer Deaflympics 2013 will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria this year from 26 Jul 2013 – 4 Aug 2013. The previous 21st Summer Deaflympics were held in Taipei, Thailand, where it was arguably the largest and best games ever with 4262 athletes and officials from 85 countries, with over 10,000 volunteers running the games. They have held the unsurpassed $18 million USD glittering and exceptional Opening Ceremony where all countries paraded.
It is now predicted that this year the number could be double or even more. This is due to the fact that it is Games for the Deaf, in which Deaf people have the freedom to enjoy the cultural and linguistic atmosphere with sports charm. Deaf athletes find the Deaf sports as important in Deaf life on physical, social and mental levels. They maintain that sign language gives them increased empowerment with no language barriers in Deaf sports.
Please feel free to surf at the Games site on http://sofia2013.com where you can look at entry ticket prices, game programmed schedules, opening and closing ceremony details and many more.