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History
Deaflympics were organized for the first time in 1924 in Paris by CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf). The founder of this movement is Mr. Eugene Rubens-Alcais, a Deaf Frenchman. In his honour was established the Rubens-Alcais Award and Bulgarian Deaf Sports Federation received it in 2005.
The first participation of Bulgarian Deaf athletes in Deaflympics was in 1957 at the V Summer Games in Milan, Italy. They won 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. The 3 of the gold medals were won from Gicho Zhelev in heel-and-toe walking.
In 1993 Bulgaria hosted the V World Summer Games /Deaflympics/. The Games were held in Sofia under the patronage of Bulgarian president - Mr. Zelju Zelev. A record number of participants 1705 from 51 countries took part in the competitions in Sofia. Bulgarian athletes won 13 medals: 2 gold - Alexander Spiridonov and Ali Kazer (wrestling), 4 silver - Ivan Getzov, Ilia Katev, Nenko Rusinov and Krasimir Stefanov (wrestling).
Bulgarian Deaf athletes have participated with success in almost all Deaflympic Games.
In 1961 in Helsinki they won 4 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals. The gold medalists were Apostol Krastev - wrestler and the female gymnasts Penka Vlachovska , Ivanka Radomirska and Mariika Vasileva. Silver and bronze medals won male gymnasts Georgi Valchev, Penjo Zekov and Slavcho Zivkov, the wrestler Boris Pisashki and Gicho Zhelev (heel-and-toe walking).
At the ղ Deaflympics in Belgrade our athletes presented them,selves well, but won only 1 title - gold and bronze for Diana Asenova in swimming, silver for the wrestlers Boris Pisashki, Luben Vladimirov and Tonju Tonev. The volleyball team won the first medal - bronze for Bulgaria in team sports.
In 1973 at the ղ Deaflympics in Malmoe Bulgarian Deaf athletes won 17 medals, 3 of them golden for Atanas Dimitrov and Sava Jakimov (wrestling) and male volleyball team. Silver medals won the wrestlers Petko Peev, Stoicho Filev and Sava Jakimov, female swimmer Diana Asenova and Nikolai Vasilev (Athletics). Bronze medals won Chalil Isov, Ivan Getzov, Tonjo Kirov, Luben Janev and Petko Peev (wrestling), Momtchil Yovkov, Kalincho Atanasov and Emil Todorov (shooting) and Todorka Pencheva (swimming).
In 1977 in Bucharest, during ղ Deaflympics gold medalist became Nikolay Vasilev (high jump) and silver medals won the football team and the wrestlers Atanas Dimitrov, Ivan Getzov, Ivan Totolakov and Luben Janev.
In 1981 at ղV Deaflympics in Koln Bulgarian Deaf athletes won 15 medals: 3 gold (the shooting team and the wrestlers Atanas Dimitrov and Ivan Totolakov), 6 silver (Zivko Dimitrov - shooting and the wrestlers Sava Jakimov, Nedzetin Redzebov, Vasil Tashev, Jordan Bozilov and Ivan Totolakov).
Bulgaria did not take part in Deaflympics in 1985 at Los Angelos (neither did Bulgarian athletes participate in 1965 at 10th  Anniversary Deaflympics in Washington)
At V Deaflympics in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1989 Angel Kremov (wrestling) won 2 silver medals. Bronze medals won the wrestlers Ilia Katev and Sterju Dimitrov and the shooter Zivko Dimitrov.
In 2005 in Melbourne, Bulgaria participated with 25 athletes in the following sports - wrestling, table tennis and badminton. Despite the lack of medals our athletes managed to achieve good results. Men's double - Dimitar Karchev and Ivan Antov and women's double - Gergana Baramova and Sylvia Chapkanova won the 5th place in badminton. The wrestler Angel Kremov became 5th in both styles, Plamen Donchev is 6th in both styles, Ivan Angelov became 6th in Graeko-roman style and 7th in the free style and Alexander Kezov became 8th.

Bulgaria participates also in World and European Deaf Championships.
In 2006 BDSF took part in following events:
European Deaf Badminton Championships (Austria), where Gergana Baramova won the silver, men's double P. Getov and G. Antov were 8th , the 2 women's double G. Baramova and S. Chapkanova became 5th and B. Georgieva and G. Kolitzova - 6th.
European Deaf Futsal Championships (Russia) - 13th place - men's team.
It was an honor for our federation to receive a personal invitation for our competitors to take parts in Table tennis European cup "Top 12" in Germany. Our athletes Halit Hasan won the 8th place.


Medals
World Deaf Games (Deaflympics)
Bulgaria took part in 11 World Deaf Games - now called Deaflympic Games, which are recognized from International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Our country won a total 92 medals in the following sports: athletics, artistic gymnastics, shooting, football, volleyball, wrestling and swimming.

The medals, won by Bulgarian Deaf athletes in European Deaf Championships are from the following sports: wrestling, volleyball, shooting, badminton, athletics and cross-country.
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Games/Medals
Gold
Silver
Bronze
V Milan
1957
5
3
2
Helsinki
1961
4
11
4
ղ Belgrade
1969
1
4
1
ղ Malmo
1973
3
5
9
ղ Bucharest
1977
1
5
-
ղV Koln
1981
3
6
6
V Christchurch
1989
-
2
3
V Sofia
1993
2
4
7
V Copenhagen
1997
-
-
1
ղ Roma
2001
-
-
-
Melburne
2005
-
-
-
TOTAL
19
40
33
World Deaf Championships
Medals
Gold
Silver
Bronze
total
-
3
4
7
European Deaf Championships
Medals
Gold
Silver
Bronze
total
4
12
14
28