Swiss bishop Patrick Baumann, secretary general of FIBA

Swiss bishop Patrick Baumann, secretary general of FIBA

The Swiss Patrick Baumann, secretary general of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), died today in Buenos Aires, at the age of 51, a victim of a heart attack.

Baumann was in the Argentine capital on the occasion of the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games and the news of his death caused great consternation in the heart of the IOC and in the world of basketball.

"It's a big shock, it's very hard. It is very difficult to believe in this terrible news, "said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.

According to the IOC leader, he lost "a young leader full of hope and symbolizing the future of sport".

"Our thoughts are with the wife, the children and the family," added Bach.

In memory of Baumann, the Olympic flag is at half-shack, both at the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, in Switzerland, and in Buenos Aires, and will remain for three days.

Born in Basel, the Swiss was president of the Association of Olympic Summer Federations, a member of the IOC since 2007 and secretary general of FIBA ​​since 2002.

Baumann was one of the great promoters of the 3×3 basketball variant introduced in the previous edition of the Youth Olympic Games and will take place for the first time in the program of the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.

The Swiss was also chairman of the Coordination Commission for the upcoming Winter Youth Olympics, which will be held in Lausanne in 2020 and the Los Angeles Olympics in the United States in 2028.

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