The Deaflympics are distinguished from all other IOC-sanctioned games by the fact that they are organized and run exclusively by members of the community they serve. Only deaf people are eligible to serve on the ICSD board and executive bodies. Today, the number of national federations in the ICSD membership has reached 108, a big difference from the original 9 countries almost 100 years ago!
Among recent newcomers enjoying the benefits of this worldwide network of sports and social inclusion include geographically disparate countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Seychelles, and Yemen. Twenty-two (22) Summer Games, has been held consistently at 4-year intervals since the initial Paris games. The only exceptions were the cancellation of 1943 and 1947 Games because of World War II.