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              Méribel 1979

              Location:Méribel, France
              Opening Date:21 Jan 1979
              Closing Date:27 Jan 1979

              During the Congress held before the 9th World Winter Games, delegates voted to change the organization title, "International Committee of Silent Sports" to "Comite International des Sports des Sourds" (CISS).

              Another important decision affecting sports was the establishment of eligibility rules. Competitors must be deaf, defined as a hearing loss of at least 55dB in the better ear.

              Countries participated:

              Flag: Australia Australia101
              Flag: Austria Austria538
              Flag: Canada Canada314
              Flag: Finland Finland538
              Flag: France France9312
              Flag: Italy Italy505
              Flag: Japan Japan628
              Flag: Norway Norway8311
              Flag: Poland Poland505
              Flag: Soviet Union Soviet Union5510
              Flag: Sweden Sweden448
              Flag: Switzerland Switzerland7411
              Flag: United States United States9211
              Flag: West Germany West Germany8311