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16OLYMPIC REVIEW The International Paralympic Committee ( IPC) celebrated its 20- year anniversary in Bonn, Germany, which has been its home for a decade. At a special ceremony official wel-come speeches were delivered by IPC President Philip Craven, who is also an IOC member; IOC Vice- President Thomas Bach; his IOC colleague, Prince Albert II of Monaco; and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke; as well as other international dignitaries. Speaking on behalf of IOC President Jacques Rogge, Thomas Bach recalled that " since 2001, an agreement has been in place aimed at securing and protecting the organisa-tion of the Paralympic Games. From 2008 onwards, the Paralympic Games will always take place shortly after the Olympic Games, using the same sports venues and facilities. The IPC has a representative on the IOC Athletes' Commission and also on the Evaluation and Coordination commis-sions for the Games." The IPC announced the winners of the Paralympic Awards 2009 honouring those who contribute directly to the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Movement. The winners were selected by three Awards Committees, composed of members of the Paralympic Movement and specialists in the relevant areas. All award recipients were presented with a handmade trophy, designed and crafted by Italian design company G. D. E. Bertoni, at a Gala Dinner during the 2009 IPC General Assembly, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 22 November. The Paralympic Sport Awards 2009 were awarded in five categories, based on perfor-mance at the Beijing 2009 Paralympic Games: ? Best Male Athlete: Matthew Cowdrey ( AUS), Swimming ? Best Female Athlete: Chantal Petitclerc ( CAN), Athletics ? Best Team Performance: Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team ? Best Games Debut: Sophie Pascoe ( NZL), Swimming ? Exemplary Games Official: WANG Xinxian ( CHN), Chef de Mission The Paralympic Media Awards 2009 honour members of the media who presented the highest quality and most dynamic coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, in four categories: ? Broadcast: ABC TV ( AUS) ? Written ( Print/ Online): The Sunday Telegraph ( GBR) ? Radio: BBC Radio ( GBR) ? Photo: Damir Sencar ( CRO) The Paralympic Scientific Award 2009 recognised one outstanding contributor ( academic or scientific) for research in the field of sport for persons with a disability. ? Paralympic Scientific Award 2009: Gudrun Doll- Tepper ( GER) For more information please visit the IPC website at www. paralympic. org BelowMatthew Cowdrey PARALYMPIC AWARDS 2009IFNEWS NEWHOCKEY PUBLICATION The International Hockey Federation ( FIH) has launched a new on- line publication, " E- news". See the publication at www. worldhockey. org CLEANWORLD CHAMPS The International Swimming Federation ( FINA) announced that 391 doping tests were performed during the 13th World Championships, which took place in Rome ( Italy). All the results were negative. ESBJERGTO HOSTCURLING The World Curling Federation ( WCF) has chosen the Danish city of Esbjerg to host the World Women's Curling Championship in 2011. This event will be held from 19 to 27 March 2011. ISAFHONOURS BILLBENTSEN The International Sailing Federation's ( ISAF) 2009 Beppe Croce Trophy has been awarded to American Bill Bentsen. Bentsen was a member of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee for 25 years until 2004. He was also an ISAF international judge at world and continental championships. He was a gold medallist in the Soling class at the Munich Games in 1972. IPC 20TH BIRTHDAY