Nevin Ergun

Nevin Ergun, PT, Ph.D is a Professor of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara,Turkey.


Graduated from Hacettepe University,School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1975, Ankara – Turkey,  she completed her M.Sc in sports injury rehabilitation from the Hacettepe Health Sciences Instıtute in 1981. She received her Ph.D in Sports injuries, Physiology and Physical Therapy from Hacettepe University in 1986. She became a full time professor in 1996. Dr. Ergun conducted and attended courses/seminars and lectures nationally and internationally from 1992-2007, Cyriax Technique in orthopedics (Turkey-England 1993) Health Related Fitness, (Finland 1994), Mulligan concept (Ankara 2006), Kinesiotaping (Ankara 2006-2007), Thera-Band Academy course (Ankara 2007).


For the past 35 years, Dr. Ergun has been developing and directing sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs for athletes and for approximately 22 years has been working in disabled sports. She has published journal articles and books on various topics related to sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation of sports injuries, physical activity, health promotion, secondary conditions and disability, and disabled sports. Dr. Ergun worked as a Sports Physiotherapist and Chief of Medical Team for Turkey at a number of major sporting events, including the Sydney 2000, Bejing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games.


Now Dr. Ergun is the Head of of Sports Medicine Unit and Academic Coordinator of post graduate sports physiotherapist Ms & Ph.D programs in Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. She is married and has one child.


Nevin is a founding member of International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists, and Chair of Paralympic Committee.



Received an Academic Honor award from the Prime Ministry Administration for Disabled People given to the persons for producing solutions in their field for disabled people and disabilities (December 2003)


Professional activities:

  • President of Turkish Association of Sports Physiotherapists,
  • Chairman of Medical Committee of Turkish Sports Federation for The Physically Disabled and Medical Committee Turkish Paralympic Committee.
  • Founder member and Director of Hacettepe University “HÜSYAM”( “Research and Implementation Center for Activity and Healthier Life for Community”) Research Center.
  • Founder member of TESYEV (The Disabled Sports Support and Education Foundation Turkey ).
  • International  Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Gold Level International Classifier, and IWBF Development Commission Member and chairman of  Women
  • Medical Committee Member of  Turkish Football Federation and Turkish Volleyball Federation
  • Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine


Reviewer: International

  • ACSM Medicine and Science in  Sports and Exercise  2001
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine 2003
  • J Sport Rehabilitation  2012
  • Polish Journal of Rehabilitation Research 2012
Gail Freidhoff-Bohman
United States

I am submitting my name for consideration for one of the positions on the IFSPT Executive Board. What an honor to be asked to apply for a position on his board representing the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. It would be a privilege to serve on this board dedicated to the sharing of information and ideas focused on the care and treatment of athletes.


When Mike Voight and Mark DeCarlo discussed the formation of the IFSPT with the SPTS in 2004, I remember thinking what a great opportunity for our section to share what we do, learn what others in the world are doing and to become involved internationally in the sports physical therapy arena. I felt we had information to share but more importantly, we could learn so much from the rest of the world. What a great format for sharing information. When I meet Laetitia Dekker-Bakker, then president of the IFSPT, at our annual meeting of the Combined Sections in 2005, I realized this organization was something with which the SPTS needed to be involved. The discussion I had with her peaked my interest and wanted to be involved in some way.


I have been actively involved with the SPTS since 1992. I have served both the section and the association in a variety of capacities over the years. The roles, responsibilities and experiences I have had in my various roles within the association and section will be of benefit to the IFSPT.


Upon becoming a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), I began writing questions for the sports specialty examination which lead to my appointment to the Specialty Academy of Content Experts (SACE). After 2 years of serving in this capacity, I was appointed to the Sports Specialty Council working on the certification examination and development of the criteria defining what skills and knowledge are necessary to be a sports clinical specialist. This lead to my appointment to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist (ABPTS) serving as Chair my 4th year. My involvement with ABPTS during the beginning stages and my understanding of specialization and board certification could be used to help the IFSPT with the development of general criteria for specialization certification. Along the way, there were many mistakes made by our association. I feel we finally developed a good process for recognizing clinical excellence in a defined area of practice, specifically sports medicine. Drawing on these experiences, I could help the IFPTS with the advancement and implementation of the specialization process.


I have served the SPTS educationally, first as the Educational Team Leader and then as the program chair for our annual meeting, a position I held for 6 years. My responsibilities included working with the Sports Section special interest groups and the APTA to develop programming for this meeting that was new, innovative and evidence based. This was also a way to develop speakers through mentoring of young speakers by the older, more seasoned speakers. The process of paring novice speakers with seasoned speakers has successfully developed and grown the speaker pool.


Another area of involvement at the national level is my appointment to the American Board of Physical Therapy Residencies and Fellowships (ABPTRFE), a board charged with the accreditation of residencies and fellowships in defined areas of clinical practices. This board was developed to enhance the educational preparation of the clinicians in specific areas of physical therapy. Initially I reviewed applications and conducted site visits for the clinics applying for accreditation. I was appointed to the board for a 4-year term, serving as chair the 3rd year. I am currently on the council responsible for overseeing the teams reviewing the applications, ensuring the policies for accreditation are followed.


I feel that the skills and knowledge I gained through my service to the SPTS and the APTA would be an asset to IFSPT in taking the association to the next level. I have included my abbreviated CV for you and the board to review. I will be attending the meeting in Belfast in October and look forward to seeing all of you again and answering any questions you may have.




Gail Freidhoff-Bohman, MA,T, PT, SCS, AT-Ret.

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Karl Lochner

Please accept my application for EB membership with IFSPT. Below I will specify what I believe qualifies me for membership, and what I wish to offer to IFSPT member countries if accepted.


When IFSPT was founded in 2000, Austria was among the founding members. Two years later we invited IFSPT to hold one of their first GM’s in Vienna. This is when I gained important insights into the IFSPT’s work. I became a representative for the Austrian sports physiotherapy network in 2004.


Professional experience:

I graduated in 1991 from the School for Physiotherapy in Steyr, Austria, und started to work at a hospital (Wels) soon after. In the mid-nineties the first postgraduate sports physiotherapy courses were offered. I successfully completed all courses (42 days) in 1999. At that time my area of expertise was musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specialization in foot, knee and shoulder surgery. I assumed a leadership position at Wels hospital, working with a team of ten, treating patients and providing on-the-job training for junior colleagues.


Experience in high-level sports physiotherapy:

In addition to these responsibilities I had the opportunity to develop skills in sport-specific rehab when working for LASK Linz, a first-league Austrian football team. In 1999 I was asked to accept a full time job as a sports physical therapist. At the Ramsau FIS Nordic World Ski Championship our group contributed to the sports physiotherapy support for a number of smaller countries on a pro bono basis.


Continuing education:

During my time as an employed physiotherapist (Wels hospital and LASK football club) I improved my knowledge completing courses as a participant in manual therapy (Kaltenborn), mobilization of the nervous system (by David Butler) and McKenzie. Over the past years, I strove to broaden my horizon in physiotherapy by completing courses in applied kinesiology, craniosacral therapy, and spiral dynamics.

In 2000 I started my independent practice with four physiotherapy colleagues und two orthopedic surgeons. I have now seventeen years of experience of independent work in this field.


Teaching activity:

My professional skills in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports physiotherapy appeared to be well suited for a newly founded academy for physiotherapy in Wels. Starting 1996, I was a lecturer for four years in the field of traumatology and orthopedics. From 2007 and 2009 I was a lecturer for sensomotor control at Vienna University’s Masters programme in sports physiotherapy. Through the last 15 years I offer post graduate musculo-skelettal shoulder courses with accent on „bringing evidence into practice“.


Events and symposia:

In 2007 I accepted the responsibility of chair of the Austrian sports physiotherapy network. One of my first goals in that position was to establish a communication forum for all sports physiotherapists. We launched two symposia in 2007 and 2008 that can now be seen as the starting point for something new in sport sphysiotherapy in Austria. In 2008 the networking between IFSPT member countries grew in depth and scope. Mario Bizzini from Switzerland and Manfred Bauer from Germany initiated the 2008 football symposia held in tandem with the European football championship in Austria and Switzerland.


Together with a colleague and representatives from Salzburg University we saw the need to bring the international knowledge that existed within the IFSPT to Austria, and we started a formal collaboration in 2009. A bi-annual symposium has since been offered at Salzburg, from 2013 on in close cooperation with the IFSPT (with the invaluable help of Mario Bizzini). The symposium has brought together about 300 colleagues and sports scientists each time.


Competencies and standards:

In 2004 the Austrian sports physiotherapy network was asked to contribute to the establishment of the sports physiotherapy Masters programme at Vienna University. Former IFSPT president Laetitia Dekker-Bakker helped us to integrate the new competencies & standards to this programme.


In 2011 I motivated our national physiotherapy organisation (Physio Austria) to start a general specialization process, followed by the specific specialization process for sports physiotherapy in 2014 through our network. This project will be finished in a few months. Afterwards the IFSPT registration process will follow. Nicki Philips helped us a lot with her advice. Last but not least, we succeeded in ensuring that “sports physiotherapy“ will be considered new Austrian sports legislation, receiving a standing equal to that of sports medicine, sports science and sports psychology.


Contribution to Executive Board of IFSPT:

This was a short overlook about my activities in the last twenty years. As I hope to have shown, my professional career has been an endorsement of IFSPT values from its beginnings. Specifically, as a representative I have supported IFSPT’s work through:

- participation at GM’S and bringing in agenda items

- distribution of IFSPT newsletters (and bringing in content into this newsletters) to all colleagues in Austria (50 % of our colleagues therefore knew IFSPT)

- promoting IFSPT at our symposia (IFSPT related symposia)
- defining sports physiotherapy competencies in Austria that match IFSPT’s competencies


How can I contribute to IFSPT work?

IFSPT and the above-named people (Laetitia, Mario and Nicki) helped us significantly in establishing sports physiotherapy in Austria. I think it is now time to give something back to this organization.

- I believe I possess the right combination of sports, political and practical experience and knowledge that I can bring in to IFSPT;

- I have an excellent command of networking and I am willing to bring it in to IFSPT;

- I have many years of experience in building professional networks and I can support (smaller) countries to start groups in sports physical therapy and so to raise the number of member countries within IFSPT;

- I contributed to more than ten symposia in a leading role, amounting to substantial experience in large organizational tasks. I would like to offer this experience to the IFSPT.


I hope you agree that my qualifications are a strong match with the values and goals of IFSPT and that you will accept my application.


I thank you for your consideration and look forward to seeing you in Belfast.

Karl Lochner

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Luciana De Michelis Mendonça 

I'm sending this letter to indicate the reasons for nominating myself for an EB position.


I'm a SONAFE associate since 2007 and I have always engage to help my profession grow. I took part on Organizing Committees of 3 SONAFE's Conferences since then. Moreover, I now have 6 years of dedication on SONAFE's Executive Board. I'm the first female president of SONAFE, in a country with many restrictions to women participation in sport and politics. I could contribute to IFSPT on administrative issues, scientific events organization and strategies to enhance IFSPT membership.


SONAFE have partnership with AKD (Sports Physical Therapy Association of Argentina - and SOKIDE (Sports Physical Therapy Association of Chile - http:// I could help IFSPT to spread their members in South America throughout SONAFE.


Moreover, I'm a teacher in a Federal University in Brazil and I develop research in Sports Physical Therapy field. I participated in the last 3 editions of IOC World Conference on Injury and Illness in Sport with poster and workshops presentations. I also engaged on the organization of the Physical Therapy services of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games. Therefore, I could contribute to the Scientific Committee of IFSPT events/actions.


Please, see attached to this letter my CV with experience, education, publications and committee work.


I'm pleased to have this opportunity to be a SONAFE's candidate for an EB position on IFSPT.



Luciana De Michelis Mendonça President of SONAFE (2016-2017)

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Colin Paterson

Please accept this letter and attached brief CV as my nomination for a position on the

IFSPT executive board. Also attached is a supporting letter from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) in the U.K.


I am an experienced sports physiotherapist, a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist (RISPT) and am involved both clinically and in the education of (sports) physiotherapists in the U.K.


I have been a member of the executive committee of the ACPSEM since 2004 and have held many positions including regional representative, newsletter editor, vice chair, chair (2013-16) and am currently a Vice President of the organisation. These roles have allowed me to gain understanding and knowledge of committee work, the global political landscape for Sports Physiotherapists, the need for promotion of the specialty and the need for international and national leadership of our physiotherapy specialty to maintain and further progress its standing.


As part of these roles I also was responsible for the coordination and further development of the CPD pathway in the UK for a large number of years. Again this has allowed me to have a strong understanding of the needs and requirements of these development pathways and assessment. Further to this experience, I also sit on the IFSPT registration committee and have been involved in registration approvals for a number of years. This is an area I maintain an interest in and links in to my current doctoral study.


I am very motivated to continue my committee work, promoting the sports physiotherapy specialty and working within the IFSPT. My prior and current experiences would allow be to input into knowledgeably into the IFSPT EB in a number of areas and particularly to professional development. My leadership experience at national level would also help me work with the EB to help take IFSPT forward even further in the future. I am passionate about the sports physiotherapy specialism and developing the specialty worldwide and I would look forward to the challenges an executive board position would hold.


Colin Paterson

Colin Paterson MSc PGCert(Ed) MCSP RISPT SFHEA

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Carlo Ramponi
My names is Carlo, I’m 38 years old, married with Manuela (pediatric physio) and we have 3 children. I was born in Genoa but live 60 km from Venice. I was a bad runner (200-400 m) for 12 years and actually, I don’t practice any sport.
I started to work in sport rehabilitation a few months after my Physiotherapy degree and I spent my time working with professional athletes and or teams. My principal interests are muscle injuries, ACL and shoulder instability rehabilitation. I like to work as part of the health team in my private center, in national teams and in sports clubs. I have worked in many sports over the last few years. I have also been involved in professional association committees for many years.
Group of Italian Sports Physical Therapist (GISPT):
The Group of Italian Sports Physical Therapists (GISPT) is a young group which started in 1999. We joined IFSPT Membership in 2009. I first joined GISPT 10 years ago while I was completing my Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) in SPORT Rehabilitation at the University of Genoa. Although there was no official GISPT Executive Board (EB) and no official members in 2007, we were aware about IFSPT SPA Project and about the international SPT community. A group of us decided to develop new GISPT aims, create a new EB, a new Brand, an IFSPT Membership, to engage with scientific partners, to start PGC & conferences and to commence the Italian project to develop and get recognition of a national SPT Pathway in Italy.
When I was elected president of GISPT (in 2012) we were a small organization with few members of the EB. We weren’t able to organize courses for instance. Over the last 5 years GISPT has grown to over 100 members, we are able to organize 2 to 4 educational courses every year, we hosted 2 international conferences in Turin (2015) and in Rome (June 2017) and we attended the last 4 IFSPT General Meetings. We actively support the IFSPT EB and in 2013 we included proposals to the GM (Cape Town). In June 2017 the GISPT SPT Pathway which I led with my colleagues was officially recognized by IFSPT.
GISPT is a very dynamic group and now, one of our new aims is support IFSPT to create linked and shared projects and support our sports physiotherapy community to reach these aims.
Which are the reasons for nominating for an EB position?
The Group of Italian Sports Physical Therapists is a good example of how an organisation can start small and grow into being an effective group with the right leadership and drive. Being President of GISPT over the last few years and working over the past 15 years in sport or association organizations has given me the opportunity to develop leadership skills and has given me the drive to work on progressing sports physiotherapy nationally and internationally. I am now at a stage in my life when I can transfer the drive that I put in Italian group and my personal positive energy and organization competencies to the IFSPT EB.
What you will offer to the organisation of IFSPT?
I always do my best. When I am asked to help in any professional project and I always try to achieve the aim. I offer my time, energy and expertise to IFSPT and its Member Organisations’ (MO’s) development and collaboration. Because every MO is not enough alone to change national and international behaviors but MOs shared and linked within the IFSPT community can help drive change that all of us want.
What aspects you can contribute to the EB?
My focus is to assist every MO who would like to develop its SPT pathway through a structured educational system. I would also like to help MOs share job opportunities. I can contribute to IFSPT my knowledge and expertise in developing good systems to track education to help our international community.
Kristian Thorborg

I, Kristian Thorborg, hereby run for election to the IFSPT Executive Board at the next General meeting in 2017. Through the last 10 years I have been deeply involved in Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy (DSSF), first serving as Editor in Chief for the our Danish Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Journal, then as Board member for education and courses offered under the Danish Society of Sports physiotherapists, where I continue to be responsible for implementation of new educational and specialization structure for Danish Sports physiotherapists.


The last 3 years I have been Chairman twice for the scientific committee of our national Sports Congress, which has been tremendously successful and deemed among the 5 most important sports medicine congresses in the world by British Journal of Sports medicine. In
2015 I was appointed Board Member of the Research Committee for the International Federation in Sport Physical Therapy Research Committee. The reason for my commitment is a long and passionate career within sports physiotherapy and education, with a long desire to influence and improve sports physiotherapy education at the national and international level. Sports physical therapy is stronger than ever, and our profession is becoming an essential part of sports medicine delivering high quality management of athletes. In particular enhancing the understanding of physical activity as one of the most important aspects in a healthy life has brought us in the forefront as important healthcare providers.


Through my work at the national level, I have been able to put Danish Sports Physical Therapy on the world map. Despite the fact that Denmark is a very small nation, we have been able to raise the standards of our educational structure within sports physical therapy and have our specialization in sports physiotherapy accredited worldwide. I will be able to bring the same enthusiasm and energy to the IFSPT Executive Board, supporting the move towards the organization of world congresses in Sports Physical Therapy, improving networking among countries with lesser levels of knowledge, competencies and financial abilities within sports physical therapy. Having chaired several big conferences and spoken at even more congresses across the globe has given me an invaluable network of people that I will be able to draw upon with the aim of improving the strength and international impact of IFSPT, to the benefit of sports physical therapists across the globe.


I hope that my nomination will be granted and look forward to contribute as an elected member of the IFSPT Executive Board.


Yours sincerely,
Ass. Prof., Ph.D., and Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Kristian Thorborg

Curriculum Vitae (short version)

Name: Kristian Thorborg
Married status: Wife and three kids
Adress: Voldumvej 12, 2610 Rødovre, Denmark
Telephone: +45 2627 1506
Date of Birth: 15. June 1973


1998: Diploma in physiotherapy (registration)
2003: Masters in sports physiotherapy, Melbourne University
2011: Ph.D., Copenhagen University, (AMBEHR)


1998-99: Hvidovre og Gentofte Amtssygehus
1998-00: Clinic for Physiotherapy, Jorcks Passage
1998-00: HIK (Football)
2000-00: English Medical Centre, Val d`Isere
2001-02: The Danish Royal Ballet
2001-02: Clinic for Physiotherapy, Bülowsvej
2004-08: Scandinavian Sports Medicine Centre, Physiotherapy Department (Parken)
2007-08: Full time research assistant, Artroskopisk Center Amager, Hvidovre Hopsital
2008-11: Full time Ph.d. stipend, Artroskopisk Center Amager, Hvidovre Hospital.
2008-12: Hamlet/Aleris, Idrætsklinik.
2011-13: Full time Post-doc. Artroskopisk Center, Amager-Hvidovre Hospital.
2013- : Full time Senior-researcher Artroskopisk Center, Amager-Hvidovre Hospital.


2004: Specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, including sports physiotherapy
2007: Specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
2007: Specialist in sports physiotherapy
2014: Registered international sports physiotherapist (International specialization), IFSPT (International Federation of
Sports Physical Therapy)


2009-11 Assistant Professor at Copenhagen University (Cand. Scient. San.)
2012-14 Associate Professor (External) at Copenhagen University (Cand. Scient San.)
2013- Course lead. Rehabilitation of muscle tendon injuries – in relation to sports. Physiotherapy masters course at
University of Southern Denmark
2013- Course lead. Analysis of movement and muscle function – in relation to sports. Physiotherapy masters course at the University of Southern Denmark.
2014- Associate Professor (Internal) at Copenhagen University (Cand. Scient San.)


Have received approximately 10 million DKR as main or co-applicant in research funds (1.500.000 Euros).

Completed: 30 bachelor students (thesis), 10 master students (thesis), 2 Ph.D. student (thesis), Ongoing: 7 Ph.D. students (thesis)
Evaluating PhD protocols prior to enrolment, Southern University of Denmark (2014).
External reviewer on Associate Professorship application for Weil Cornell University, USA (2014). PhD examiner, Australian Catholic University (2015), and AUT, Auckland University (2016)

95 peer-reviewed papers published, 24 book chapters (15 national and 9 international),


More than 60 international invitations from countries including lectures in Australia, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, England, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Qatar, Ireland and USA.

Written 3 editorials in BJSM, and 3 clinical commentary’s in BJSM, JOSPT and IJSPT. Been part of 6
Consensus/agreement meeting with subsequent publication in peer-reviewed scientific sports medicine journal


- Part of scientific committee and organiser of 5 PMR-C (one-day) symposiums in Denmark including more than
400 participants attending each year (2013-16)
- Member of scientific committee 1st World Conference on groin pain
- Chairman of the scientific committee for the National Sports Medicine congress 2015, at SAS Radisson, Copenhagen (500 participants), See program at
- Chairman of the scientific committee for the National Sports Medicine congress 2017, at SAS Radisson, Copenhagen (500 participants), See program at
- Evaluation committee member for the Johannes Lindhart Prize and the Ove Bøje Prize, instated by Danish
Association of Sports Medicine and Danish Society of Sports physiotherapy, 2013-2019


- Member of advisory board for education and professional development for Danish Physiotherapist (2009-11).
- Chairman for the revision of the Danish specialisation process in physiotherapy (2010-11).
- Initiator of “Clinical evidence update” programme in sports physiotherapy, since 2009 (now including 10 individual documents on evidence-based examination and treatment in sports physiotherapy).
- Board member of the educational committee for the School of Physiotherapy, Metropol University College, Copenhagen, 2014-
- Board Member for the International Federation in Sport Physical Therapy Research Committee, 2015
- Board member of the application and assessment committee for The Cand. Scient San. Education at
Copenhagen University, 2016-
- Board member for education and courses offered under the Danish Society of Sports physiotherapists.
Responsible for implementation of new educational structure for Danish Sports physiotherapists from 2013
- Board member for IOC Sports Medicine Research Center, Copenhagen 2014-2018
- Board member of the Advisory board for the IOC Diploma course in Sports Physical Therapies 2015-

 To the Board of Directors of IFSPT:

This letter is to the support of the nomination of Kristian Thorborg to the executive board of IFSPT.


Kristian Thorborg is a senior researcher and assistant professor at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre and part of the Danish IOC Research Center. Furthermore, Kristian is part of the educational board of Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy where he participates in the ongoing development and evolvement of the sports physical therapy education as well as takes an active part as chairman or committee member of the scientific committee for SportsKongres on numerous occasions. Kristian is a person with a great sense of pride in his work, with enormous work ethics and he masters the complexity of being ambitious as well as being a team player. Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy is very fortunate to have such a capacity within its group, and I am happy to support and recommend Kristian Thorborg’s candidacy to the executive board of IFSPT.


Karen Kotila


Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy

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