The international olympic Committee announced, Sunday, October 14, the death of Patrick Baumann, at the age of 51 years. Secretary-general of the international basketball Federation (FIBA), it was one of the main leaders of the olympic movement, right arm of the current president, Thomas Bach. “It is a great shock which affects all of us very hard. We find it difficult to carry out this terrible news, ” responded the president of the IOC in a press release. “We lose a young leader sympathetic, full of hope, defended the future of the sport. “
Secretary general of FIBA for the past sixteen years, the Swiss Patrick Baumann has died of a heart attack while he was attending the youth olympic Games to Buenos Aires. The IOC president has asked that flags the olympics will be flown at half-mast in the capital of argentina, as well as in Bern, the headquarters of the organization.
In a statement, the president of the FIBA, Horacio Muratore, has also welcomed the action of its secretary general : “Under his leadership, FIBA has made great leaps forward, in the modern era to the point of becoming a model for other sports federations. “
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in Addition to its responsibilities to the international basketball Federation, Baumann was a heavy weight of the international olympic Committee, considered a potential successor to Thomas Bach, elected in 2013 to the head of the institution for a term of eight years. Former player, coach and referee basketball, Baumann had become a lawyer recognized in the world of olympic sport.
“I started by being in charge of referees for the canton of Vaud, and then I came to the national Federation of switzerland, and, finally, the FIBA, but I’ve been very lucky,” he explained in an interview for the Federation. “I was at the right competition at the right time. I don’t know if I was the right person, but they were looking for a lawyer, and this is how it all began. “
For the CIO, Patrick Baumann was in charge of the evaluation commission of the olympic Games of 2024, assigned to Paris on the 13th of September 2017. He was replaced at short notice the Namibian Frankie Fredericks, who has been involved in a corruption scandal around the awarding of the olympic Games of 2016 and put into consideration by the suite for passive corruption and money laundering, of corruption.
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Patrick Baumann had played a large role in the negotiations between Paris and Los Angeles to lead to the double awarding of the olympic Games of 2024 and 2028. After the choice of the French capital for the 2024, he had been appointed vice-chairman of the coordination commission, with the role of overseeing the preparations of the olympic Games. Involved in many international organisations of sport, he was also part of the executive committee of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA).