OCTOBER 14, 2018
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina/MIES, Switzerland – It is with immeasurable
sadness that FIBA on Sunday confirmed the passing of Patrick Baumann,
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Despite receiving immediate medical attention, he suddenly and
unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack during the Youth Olympic
Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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 Secretary General of FIBA since 2002, Mr Baumann passed away at
the age of 51.
The current operations of FIBA will be taken care of by the Presidency
and the Management Team.
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “On behalf of the entire FIBA
family, I wish to express our deepest sympathies and pass on our
condolences to Patrick’s wife Patricia, their family and loved ones.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this very difficult
“Patrick was a lot more than FIBA’s Secretary General and an IOC
member. He was a very close friend of mine as well as to countless
people in the basketball family and the wider sport community.
“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.
“Patrick was at the forefront of FIBA making radical changes to its
governance structure, successfully building and moving into its own
state-of-the-art Headquarters outside of Geneva as well as launching
3×3, its urban discipline which became a part of basketball’s program
at the Olympics. He was also instrumental in the process of ‘ONE
FIBA’, the coming together of all of FIBA’s Regional Offices into one
corporate group, with everyone looking and heading in the same
direction for the best interests of our beloved sport. Last but not
least, he led the way in the creation and implementation of FIBA’s New
“For all of this and for so much more, FIBA is forever indebted to
Patrick. Without doubt we would not be where we are today were it not
for everything that he did. His unwavering commitment, tireless work
ethic and pure passion for basketball mean he will forever have his
place in FIBA’s history.”
A Swiss national born on August 5, 1967, Mr Baumann was a former
player, coach and referee who first joined FIBA as a lawyer in 1994
and was appointed FIBA Deputy Secretary General in 1995.
In 2002, he was unanimously appointed FIBA Secretary General by the
FIBA Central Board. As such, he became only the third FIBA Secretary
General, after Dr. William Jones and Borislav Stankovic.
Mr Baumann officially started his term of office in 2003, a position
he held until his death.
He had an impressive educational background including an MBA from the
Business School of the University of Chicago, a Masters in Sports
Administration Management (MEMOS) from the University of Lyon in
France and a law degree from the University of Lausanne.
Mr Baumann became a member of the IOC in 2007. He was a member of the
IOC Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games 2008 and 2020, a
member of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2012,
chairman of the Evaluation Commission and Vice-Chairman of the
Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2024. He was also
appointed Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic
Games 2028 and was a member of various other IOC Commissions.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “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. 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.”
To honor the memory of Mr Baumann, the IOC President asked for the
Olympic flag to be flown at half-mast at the IOC Headquarters and at
the IOC Headquarters at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires for
three days. The IOC will also hold a memorial in the Youth Olympic
Mr Baumann was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the
World Academy of Sport in 2009. He was a member of the International
Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2010 and was elected as
a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International
Federations (ASOIF) in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He was also
serving as a member of the Executive Committee and the Foundation
Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
He was the President of the 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympic Games
Organizing Committee and, in 2016, was elected President of GAISF,
formerly SportAccord, for the 2016-2020 term and President of
SportAccord, former SportAccord Convention, in 2017.
Mr Baumann is survived by his wife and two children.