Host organization: National Association of the Deafblind in Bulgaria (NADbBg)
www.nasgb.org Place: Bulgaria, the city of Plovdiv, the Hotel “Novotel” – Plovdiv
www.icep.bg Dates: from 14th September 2014 to 22nd September 2014.
From 14th September 2014 to 22nd September 2014 on the following general program:
six separate competitions for persons with deafblindness, as part of the Second European Festival of the Specific Capabilities of the Deafblind:
14th of September 2014, Sunday:
Day of arrival
15th of September 2014, Monday:
1st day of the 3rd European Chess Championship of the Deafblind
16th of September 2014, Tuesday:
2nd day of the 3rd European Chess Championship of the Deafblind
17th of September 2014, Wednesday:
1st European Championship on Backgammon of the Deafblind
18th of September 2014, Thursday:
1st European Bowling Championship of the Deafblind
19th of September 2014, Friday:
2nd European Championship on Track-and-Field Athletics of the Deafblind
20th of September 2014, Saturday:
2nd European Championship on Arm Wrestling of the Deafblind
21th of September 2014, Sunday:
2nd European Amateur Arts Festival of the Deafblind
22nd of September 2014, Monday:
Day of departure.
More details regarding each competition – in the 2nd Announcement (will be sent in first half of January 2014).
Participants who can compete in sports championships and in the amateur arts festival:
Persons with Deafblindness (combination of hearing and visual impairment): men and women, only can compete in these competitions.
Interpreters and assistants of deafblind persons will work and help them during events, but they are sighted and/or hearing persons and they cannot to compete in the events.
Participation in one/ several competition(s) or to be only visitor
Each day can be day of arrival or day of departure. Each participant can decide in which competitions he or she would like to participate (several or one), to arrive on the day before, and to depart on the day after the competition.
Each of you can decide to participate as competitor in particular event(s) or to be only a visitor of the event(s).
The General Assembly of the International Sports Federation of the Deafblind (ISFDb)
We will hold the General Assembly of ISFDb at afternoon(s) / evening(s) in this/these day(s) when the free time is.
Trips and excursions
There will be arranged some trips at afternoon(s) in this/these day(s) when the free time is.
All travel cost from home country to Bulgaria are paid from participants themselves.
Air Transport is possible to the Sofia airport, Terminal 2 and Terminal 1.
Some flights also come to Plovdiv Airport.
The city of Plovdiv can be reached by train or by bus. There are trains and buses from Sofia.
AIRPORT TRANSFER / transfer from bus / train stations:
NADbBg will arrange car and bus transportation of the participants from Sofia airport to the hotel Novotel – Plovdiv and back from hotel Novotel – Plovdiv to Sofia airport.
Distance between Sofia airport and the hotel Novotel – Plovdiv is 146 km on the “Trakia” highway that takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
If there are participants come from Plovdiv Airport or bus/train stations in Plovdiv, they will be transferred to the hotel too.
Transfer service will be included in participation fee.
Participation fee, costs for accommodation and meals, registration form, deadline for registration and payment
In first half of January 2014 we will send the 2nd Announcement with participation fee, costs for accommodation and meals, registration form, and deadline for registration and payment.
HISTORY of the European Festivals of the Specific Capabilities of the Deafblind:
The 1st European Festival of the Specific Capabilities of the Deafblind was arranged from NADbBg and was held in 2008 in Bulgaria, the city of Varna (on Black sea coast) from 1st to 8th September 2008, and it was consisted from the competitions:
-2nd European Chess Championship of the Deafblind (because the 1st European Chess Championship of the Deafblind was held in 1997 in Denmark and arranged from FDDB)
-1st European Championship on Track-and-Field Athletics of the Deafblind
-1st European Championship on Arm Wrestling of the Deafblind
-1st European Amateur Arts Festival of the Deafblind
There was decided that the NADbBg will host in 2014 in Bulgaria the 2nd European Festival of the Specific Capabilities of the Deafblind with the same championships.
Please find attached more information about traditions in deafblind sports in Bulgaria, in presentation “Sports as way for social inclusion of the deafblind” that was presented in 10th Helen Keller World Conference – 07-08.11.2013, Tagaytay, Philippines.
With warm regards,
President of the National Association of the Deafblind in Bulgaria
President of the International Sports Federation of the Deafblind