The general secretary of the FIBA, Patrick Baumann, has died this Sunday in Buenos Aires at 51 years of age due to a heart attack. Baumann was in Argentina witnessed the Olympic Youth Games as a member of the International Olympic Committee. "We lose a young leader full of hope, who was working for the future of the sport. He was a central figure in the Olympic movement and we are shocked by his loss. Our thoughts are with his wife, his children and his family, "said IOC President Thomas Bach, confirming the news.
Patrick Baumann (Basel, Switzerland, 1967), who in 2010 renewed his position in FIBA until 2022, received last June the endorsement of the basketball organization to extend his mandate until 2031 as a backup in the midst of the basketball conflict, of which one of the main actors together with the president of the Euroleague, Jordi Bertomeu. "I want to send the love of Spanish basketball to the wife and children of Patrick Baumann, as well as the sympathy of the FEB to the FIBA family. We have lost an exceptional man and a brilliant leader, an ally of our Federation over the years, "said the president of the Spanish Federation, Jorge Garbajosa. "Patrick made radical changes in our governance structure, building his own headquarters outside of Geneva, in addition to launching the 3×3, urban discipline that became part of the Olympic Games. It advanced by leaps and bounds and made FIBA a model for other international federations, recalled the president of the FIBA, Horacio Muratore, adding to the condolences.
As told in an interview to EL PAÍS last year, Bauman became fond of basketball as a child when his mother urged him to look for indoor sports to stop catching cold after each soccer match. He grew up admiring the Milan of Dino Meneghin, Riccardo Pitis and Antonello Riva and became a first division referee in his native country. His training in Law and Sports Management allowed him to join the FIBA with only 27 years and in 2002 he was appointed General Secretary to replace the historic Borislav Stankovic. From that position defended the new international calendar with the windows of matches of selections that enquistaron their relationship with the Euroleague, which announced through a statement that will keep a minute of silence in all matches of their competitions next week.
In memory of Baumann, the Olympic flag will be displayed at half mast both at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne and in Buenos Aires for three days, and will also be an act of remembrance at the Olympic Youth Village in the Argentine capital . Baumann was also chairman of the Coordination Committee of the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lausanne in 2020 and the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.