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Paralympic sports - 23. November 2007.

Christchurch and Eindhoven to Host 2010 IPC World Champs

Seoul, Korea - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today announced the winning bids for the 2010 IPC World Championships in Athletics and Swimming.

The 2010 IPC Athletics World Championships will be staged in Christchurch (New Zealand), while the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will take place in Eindhoven (the Netherlands).

Other candidate cities competing for the right to host the 2010 World Championships were Barcelona, Spain (Athletics), and Minneapolis, USA (Swimming).

The IPC as the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement organizes not only the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, but serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.

To ensure high quality Championships, the IPC revised its bid application process last year. In November 2006, the IPC called for bid applications from all over the world to host the IPC World Championships in Athletics and Swimming. As a second step, particular bid authorities were deemed as viable candidates and were required to complete a detailed bid application. During the review and evaluation stage, site visits were conducted and all bid applicants had the opportunity to submit further details of their bid proposal.

In addition, all bid applicants presented their final bid proposals to the IPC World Championships Bid Evaluation Committee in November in Bonn, Germany. Recommendations from the Committee were considered and approved by the IPC Governing Board at their meeting today in Seoul, Korea. After an extensive bid review process, the IPC Governing Board made its decision based upon a detailed review and evaluation of the bid documents and commitments.

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: "I congratulate Christchurch and Eindhoven for their respective selections and extend our sincere appreciation to the bid authorities from Barcelona and Minneapolis for their significant efforts."

"It was a hard decision for the IPC Governing Board. During the bid process, we saw strong presentations and commitments from all bid authorities. The IPC is sure that the selected cities will ensure great and exciting Championships and promote Paralympic Sport in its best way", he added.
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