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November 24, 2004

News Release - USA Basketball Stars Out of 2005 Deaflympics

From: Deafsportlawsuit - Nov 24, 2004


Washington, D.C., USA – There is a possibility that both USA basketball teams – men and women – will not be able to defend their respective Deaflympics titles at the coming

20th Deaflympic Summer Games which are due to open this coming January 5, 2005, in Melbourne, Australia.

Since 1957, the USA men, and since 1981, the USA women have each dominatedly been maintaining the world's cage supermacy by not losing a single game at the Games!

Reliable reports have just been received that Frank Jackson, a Gallaudet University freshman and team star, and Jessica Whitney, one of nation's outstanding female players, have been scratched from their respective national team rosters due to their inability to personally raise the required $4,500.00 amount in order to make a trip to Australia.

"I am very disappointed that no one, including the USADSF, was able to help me to raise the needed money for my trip to the 2005 Deaflympics," said Miss Whitney, who was a key player of the USA team that narrowly beat the team from Sweden in the gold medal game at the last Deaflympics held in Rome, Italy, in 2001.

There are rumors that other two high-profile players-brothers from California – Jeremias and Jonathan Valencia – may also be removed from the men's USA team because they are still having a very hard time to raise the money in their hometown.

According to the report, a total of 178 athletes are the current USA delegation members for the 2005 Games. Here is a list of number of athletes in 13 different sports the USA intends to send to Australia:

Athletics – 24
Swimming – 12
Bowling – 12
Men's Basketball – 12
Women's Basketball – 12
Men's Volleyball – 8
Women's Volleyball - 12
Beach Volleyball – 4
Men's Football – 20
Women's Football – 21
Handball – 11
Water polo – 7
Cycling – 5
Tennis – 7
Shooting - 1
Wrestling – 10.

It remains to be seen whether all these 178 remaining athletes, by personally raising his/her required $4,500.00 amount, will make a trip to Australia as the final deadline to submit registration entries for the 2005 Games' participation is next week, that is, December 1, 2004.

In a separate development, by barring unforeseen circumstances, there is a possibility that the entire USA delegation going to the 2005 Games may be disqualified from competitions because its national organization – the USADSF, an affiliate member to the CISS - has committed a multitude of rule violations in the CISS legal system. The new and additional breaches in the CISS legal structure by the USADSF are currently being investigated and the conclusion report will be disclosed to the world any time soon.

Stay tuned!

Sportingly Yours,

Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas