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OLYMPIC REVIEW21Ching-Kuo Wu was re-elected for fouryears as President ofthe International BoxingAssociation (AIBA) atthe AIBA Congress inAlmaty (Kazakhstan).This is his second termof office as AIBAPresident. At the InternationalEquestrian Federation(FEI) General Assemblyin Taipei (ChineseTaipei), Princess HayaAl Hussein was re-elected, for a secondfour-year term of office,as FEI President. Meeting inHerzogenaurach(Germany), theInternational HandballFederation (IHF) Council awarded theorganisation of the2013 Men's WorldChampionships toSpain, and the Women'sedition to Serbia.Blanca Manchon and Tom Slingsby have beennamed as ISAF World Sailors of the Year 2010. Manchón was nominated for the third time andhad her family and friends with her at the Awardsceremony in Athens. "This is really fantastic," shesaid. "As this is my third nomination for the ISAFWorld Sailor of the Year Award we were all hopingthis would be it. and here I am! I cannot believeit. I worked very hard to get here but I'm young -only 23 years old - so I hope I continue to domany things and maybe I will see you again heresomeday." Slingsby could not make it to Athens for theceremony due to electrical storms over Sydneythat grounded international flights. He wassurprised when his phone call to "discuss lasersailing", turned into a live announcement fromHRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark,announcing that he had won the 2010 ISAF WorldSailor of the Year Award. "Wow, thank you!" saidSlingsby. "I just remember sitting on the rocks inSydney harbour watching the Olympics. Iremember seeing people like Ben Ainslie andRobert Scheidt winning, two former winners of theAward, and thinking, "I want that, that's reallywhat I want to do. To be considered among themtoday is really an incredibly big honour."The Awards have been held every year since1994 and past winners include Peter Blake (NZL),Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA) andRussell Coutts (SUI). In 2009 the Awards werepresented to Torben Grael (BRA) and AnnaTunnicliffe (USA).BelowBlanca Manchon and Tom Slingsby -IAAF World Sailors of the Year 2010More than 40 participantsrepresenting 29 countriesbelonging to the InternationalSkiing Federation (FIS) Aid andPromotion Programme tookpart in the 9th FIS Leaders'Seminar in Bratislava (Slovakia).Opened by FIS President GianFranco Kasper, who is also anIOC member, and by FISSecretary General Sarah Lewis,this seminar was entitled "Howto Upgrade a National SkiAssociation". On the agendawere case studies presented bysix national associations ontheir experiences and bestpractices.ISAFATHLETES OFTHEYEARFISSEMINARWOMEN'SBASKETBALLBOXERS OFTHE YEAR Russia's Artur Beterbiev and Ireland's Katie Taylorhave been named Best Boxers of the Year by theInternational Boxing Association (AIBA).Azerbaijan's Shaban Shahpalangov scooped theBest Youth Boxer prize. The awards werepresented at a ceremony organised during theAIBA Congress in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on 2November. Artur Beterbiev is the reigning worldand European champion and also won the 2008AIBA World Cup. Katie Taylor has been namedBest Boxer for the second consecutive time andis the 2010 world champion.BelowRussia's Artur BeterbievThe International Basketball Federation (FIBA)held an inaugural Women's BasketballConference on 2 and 3 October in Karlovy Vary(Czech Republic), alongside the Women's WorldChampionships. Representatives of 49 nationalfederations on the five continents attended. Atthe end of the Conference, a declaration wasunanimously adopted underlining the need to useevery FIBA opportunity to promote and improvewomen's participation in basketball.NEWS INBRIEF