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Dr Terry Riley to participate in the Geneva Torch Even

21 August 2013

The Sofia 2013 Deaflympics will light a flame to celebrate and raise awareness of deaf sport and the importance of safe cycle lanes for deaf cyclists. The flame is being carried from France to Sofia in Bulgaria via Geneva, passing the United Nations Headquarters on 5th July, in time for the opening ceremony of the Deaflympics on 26th July.

BDA Chair Dr Terry Riley, who represented the WFD at the UN Headquarters, said, “As the Deaflympics flame draws global attention, we are reminded of the reasons why we deaf people gather for this sporting event and the heritage we continue. The WFD is happy to endorse the events with the Deaflympics and to participate in the flame relay that passes the United Nations, the known international intergovernment organisation that we work with to sustain our rights as deaf people”

David Buxton, CEO of the BDA, said, “This is the first time we have seen such an event as this and we are delighted that Deaf sport can be celebrated in this way and that the importance of safe cycle lanes for deaf road users is publicised at this international event. We wish our British Deaf Athletes and the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics all the best and great success during this coming event.”

For more information about the Sofia 2013 Deaflympics, please Click the link here.