Swiss IOC mem­ber Bau­mann dies at 51

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Swiss IOC mem­ber Pa­trick Bau­mann, a cen­tral fig­ure in the Olympic Move­ment and the sport of bas­ket­ball, has died at the age of 51.

Bau­mann suf­fered a heart at­tack on Sun­day dur­ing the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina.

“This is a great shock, which has hit us all very hard. We can hardly be­lieve this ter­ri­ble news. Par­tic­u­larly since, even to­day, we have seen him work­ing hard, as we al­ways knew him, for the sport he loved,” said IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach.

An IOC mem­ber since 2007, Bau­mann re­cently chaired the eval­u­a­tion com­mis­sion for the 2024 Olympic Games and was then vice chair of the Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mis­sion for those Games af­ter Paris was awarded the right to host them. He was also pres­i­dent of the IOC’s Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mis­sion for the Lau­sanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games and the Los An­ge­les 2028 Olympic Games .

A former bas­ket­ball player, coach and ref­eree, Bau­mann was deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral (1995-2002) of the In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FIBA), and then unan­i­mously ap­pointed as sec­re­tary-gen­eral by the FIBA Cen­tral Board in 2002, a role he had held since.

“Un­der his lead­er­ship, FIBA moved for­ward by leaps and bounds, with the or­ga­ni­za­tion mod­ern­iz­ing it­self to the ex­tent of be­com­ing a model which fel­low in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tions fol­lowed,” FIBA Pres­i­dent Ho­ra­cio Mu­ra­tore said in a state­ment.

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