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2021 Summer Deaflympics

The 2021 Summer Deaflympics, commonly known as Caxias 2021, was held in Caxias do Sul in southern Brazil, from 1 May to 15 May 2022. It was the 24th edition of the Deaflympics.

This was the first time the Games were held in a Latin American country, in a South American country. Around 2,100 athletes from 72 countries participated in the quadrennial event.


The Motto of the Deaflympics 2021 was ‘Sports comes from the our hearts’.


The mascot of the Deaflympics 2021 was the Ring-tailed Coati- Nino. This name means: priceless, worthy of appreciation, cheerful, happy, very lucky, auspicious.

  • Ukraine led the table with 62 golds (along with 38 silvers and 38 bronze and an overall tally of 138).
Indian contingent:

India sent a contingent of 65 athletes to compete in 11 sports, Athletics, Badminton, Judo, Golf, Karate, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Wrestling.

  • It was India’s largest and youngest Deaflympics representation ever since it made its debut in 1965.
Indian medalists in the 2021 Summer Deaflympics:

India won 16 medals at the Deaflympics 2021. India recorded their best performance at the Deaflympics by winning eight golds, one silver and seven bronze.

  • India finished ninth in the Deaflympics 2021 medals tally.
Dhanush SrikanthMen’s 10m air rifle
Badminton TeamMixed team badminton
Abhinav DeshwalMen's 10m air pistol
Dhanush Srikanth/Priyesha DeshmukhMixed team 10m air rifle
Jerlin JayaratchaganWomen's singles badminton
Diksha DagarWomen's golf
Jerlin Jayaratchagan/Abhinav SharmaMixed doubles badminton
Sumit DahiyaMen's freestyle 97kg
Prithvi Sekhar / Dhananjay DubeyMen's doubles tennis
Shourya SainiMen’s 10m air rifle 
Vedika SharmaWomen's 10m air pistol
Abhinav SharmaMen's singles badminton
Prithvi SekharMen's singles tennis
Prithvi Sekhar/Jafreen ShaikMixed doubles tennis
Virender SinghMen's freestyle 74kg
Amit KrishanMen's freestyle 86kg

The first edition of the Deaflympics, then known as the International Silent Games, were held in Paris in 1924.

India had sent a delegation of 46 participants in the last Deaflympics in Turkey in 2017, bagging a total of 5 medals, which included 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Source: Olympics

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