Utah to Host Deaflympics in 2007

Utah to Host Deaflympics in 2007

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah will host the Deaflympics in 2007.

The games will draw more than 400 deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes and 4,000 fans from at least 24 countries Feb. 1-10, 2007.

Deaflympics officials say deaf athletes are considered able-bodied under International Olympic Committee rules and are not allowed to participate in the Paralympics.

However, they say their communication barriers keep them for fully participating in the Olympics.

Events will include alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, curling, snowboarding and freestyle.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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