The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons has spoken of his shock and sadness following the passing of International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General Patrick Baumann.
IOC Member Baumann, 51, was a prominent figure within global sport holding multiple positions. Having served as FIBA Deputy Secretary General between 1995 and 2002, he was unanimously elected as Secretary General in 2002, a role he held since.
Andrew Parsons said: “Having only recently been in contact with Patrick at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, it is a great shock to learn of his sad and untimely passing.
“Patrick was hugely passionate about all sports. As a result of his FIBA role, he was a great supporter and advocate of wheelchair basketball. He was arguably one of the most influential administrators in world sport and will be sadly missed.
“On behalf of the IPC and the whole Paralympic Movement I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to Patrick’s family, friends and colleagues.”
In addition to his FIBA role, Baumann was Chair of the IOC Co-ordination Commission Los Angeles 2028 and Vice Chair of the Co-ordination Commission Paris 2024. He was also President of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee and had been involved in multiple other IOC Commissions since becoming an IOC Member in 2007.
A man of numerous talents, as a lawyer he always demonstrated a great sense of responsibility: he was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport in 2009, had been a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2010, and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
He was elected as a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in 2011 and re-elected in 2015; he was elected as President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in 2016; and as President of SportAccord in 2017.