From 22 – 24 February 2016 the German Deaf Sports Federation undertook an inspection tour in Berlin together with EDSO-official Guido Zanecchia and EDSO-TD for Handball Jonny Gustavsson.
Norbert Hensen, head of the organizing committe, and his deputy Susanne Wiedemann, DGS coordinator of competitive sports, together with DGS-president Winfried Wiencek and Jürgen Schuster, chairman of the deaf sports federation of Berlin/Brandenburg, showed the sports hall to the EDSO officials and discussed the event in detail.
Zanecchia and Gustavsson could see for themselves that the venues at the Paul-Heyse-Straße and at the Velodrom are in compliance with international competition rules. The competition office and the changing rooms as well as the stands and store-rooms were examined.
A visit to the deaf- center East-Berlin was also scheduled that will probably host a come-together for all teams before the start of the competitions.
At the deaf center West-Berlin the delegation went through the extensive EDSO-checklist. Details about doping-controls, Technical Meetings and referees were discussed as well as opening- and closing ceremony.
For the draw of pools the Berlin club had invited top-swimmer Linda Neumann. Supervised by the EDSO-officials the following pools were drawn. Germany as host and Croatia as champion were automatically put in different pools according to the rules.
Berlin is ready for the European Championship.