Patrick Baumann (image courtesy FIBA)

Fiba President Horacio Muratore has the mourned the death of Patrick Baumann, the association’s Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, who died of heart attack on Sunday during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Muratore in a statement on Monday lauded the achievements accomplished by the late Fiba scribe.

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He said; 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 Competition System.

“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,” Muratore added.