From 26 July to 4 August, 2013, Sofia is hosting the 2013 Deaflympics, the world’s biggest sporting event for deaf athletes. In the past, the Bulgarian capital hosted the 1993 Summer Deaflympics, and it will now be the second city in the history of the games, together with Copenhagen, which has hosted two Summer Deaflympics (Oslo has been the chosen city twice for the winter games). The games will see 4,603 athletes from 96 countries arrive in Sofia to compete in 19 disciplines, including 14 individual and five team sports that showcase the heights of human strength, the desire to face challenges and the ability to set athletic records and achievements of the human spirit.
Having the pleasure to be the preferred hotel for two of the delegations and participating teams, Germany and Russia, as well as of numerous friends and fans, Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia decided to go further and create an Olympic Village space for the athletes, thus giving them the opportunity to communicate, exchange ideas and experiences from the games and the city and relax in a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Silhouette Hall on the 19th floor of the hotel has been turned into an attractive space with meeting spaces, games and TV corners, in addition to selected beverages and even a mini football goal overlooking the best views Sofia has to offer.
“It is a great honour to be one of the hotels of the 2013 Deaflympics and hosting two of the teams”, said Gerd Ruge, General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Zografski. “The idea to create this improvised Olympic Village came spontaneously and we took it to heart; we aim to give more time and space for networking for people from different nations with unique ideas and cultures. To the universal language of sports, we have added the universal language of hospitality in an attempt to bring together talent, goodwill and the desire to break barriers and work together for a better future. We sincerely believe that the idea of the Olympic Village at the hotel has contributed to the more pleasant stay of our sporting guests.”
The Olympic Village space will be open until the end of the 2013 Deaflympics and will keep its doors open for athletes staying at other hotels who may be interested to come and meet their sporting colleagues.