SBP ED Barrios remembers Fiba’s Baumann

With the word quickly getting out about the sudden passing of Fiba’s
indefatigable Secretary-General Patrick Baumann while attending the
Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Samahag Basketbol ng
Pilipinas Executive Director Renauld “Sonny” Barrios took a moment
from his Sunday siesta to reflect on the loss of one of world
basketball’s movers.

“We in SBP are all shocked and dismayed with the unexpected passing of
Fiba Secretary-General Patrick Baumann,” said the Philippine
basketball official. “I yself feel a terrible loss of a dear and
valued friend.”

Barrios has oft corresponded and discussed basketball affairs with the
Swiss national during trips to Fiba headquarters in Gevena,
Switzerland, particularly during the bid for the upcoming 2023 Fiba
World Cup which the Philippines won co-hosting rights. Messrs. Barrios
and Baumann also met up in many a Fiba-sanctioned tournaments where
the Philippines took part. “We pray for Patrick, his family, and
Fiba,” summed up Barrios.