The Deaflympics, a combination of the words deaf and Olympics, is the world's second oldest multiple discipline sports event after the Olympics.

Samsun is hosting the Deaflympics 2017 between July 18-30 with 3105 participants from 97 countries in 21 different events.
Samsun is hosting the Deaflympics 2017 between July 18-30 with 3105 participants from 97 countries in 21 different events.

A magnificent opening ceremony at the newly-built stadium in Samsun kicked off the Deaflympics for the first time on Turkish soil on July 18.

The 23rd Summer edition has brought together 97 different countries from six continents and more than 3000 participants.

The participants in this edition, the largest ever Deaflympics in history, will battle it out in 21 different disciplines.

​​The first games for the deaf, known then as the International Silent Games, were held in 1924 in Paris with athletes from nine European nations participating.

The Deaflympics, a combination of the words deaf and Olympics, are the world's second oldest multiple discipline sports event after the Olympics.

TRT World's Francis Collings reports.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies