10/14 11:25 CDT Patrick Baumann, rising star in Olympic circles, dies at 51
Patrick Baumann, rising star in Olympic circles, dies at 51
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) --- Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of
basketball's world governing body who was seen as a potential IOC president,
has died at the Youth Olympics. He was 51.
Baumann "unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack" in Buenos Aires despite
getting immediate medical help, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
said Sunday in a statement.
"Basketball has lost a leader, an advocate and a friend and our thoughts are
with Patrick's wife and two children at this tragic time," the Switzerland
based FIBA said.
Baumann was FIBA's top administrator for 15 years, and an International Olympic
Committee member since 2007.
"We can hardly believe this terrible news," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a
statement. "We lose a young and sympathetic leader full of hope who was
standing for the future of sport. Our thoughts are with his wife, his children
and his family."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also praised Baumann's dedication to the game.
"Nobody was more dedicated to the growth of basketball than Patrick," said
Silver in a statement. "He loved the game and recognized its power to transform
people's lives. He was also a dear friend and colleague who I attended
countless games and events with over the past 20 years."
Flags will be flown at half-staff at IOC offices in Buenos Aires and its home
city of Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC said a memorial will be held in the
athlete village in Buenos Aires.
A lawyer from Switzerland, Baumann had taken an increasingly important role in
He led an IOC panel evaluating the Paris and Los Angeles bids for the 2024
Olympics, and then took charge of overseeing preparations for the 2028 Los
"Patrick was a partner and a friend," LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman said in
a statement. "He is gone too soon and will be greatly missed."
The IOC also appointed Baumann to the World Anti-Doping Agency executive board,
and he was elected president of the global group of sports federations, known
At meetings last week on the sidelines of the Youth Olympics, Baumann updated
IOC members on the Los Angeles Games and the 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympics. He
was president of its organizing committee.
Baumann was key to developing the 3-on-3 urban version of basketball and
pushing for its inclusion as an Olympic medal event.
He earned masters degrees from the Business School of the University of
Chicago, and in sports administration from the University of Lyon in France.
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