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Patrick Baumann

Biographical information

TypeIOC member
Full namePatrick•Baumann
Used namePatrick•Baumann
Born5 August 1967 in Basel (SUI)
Died14 October 2018 in Buenos Aires (ARG)
NOC Switzerland


Patrick Bauman studied at the Maturità Classica in San Remo, Italy, and then earned a law degree from the University of Lausanne in 1990. He went in to earn a Masters’ in Sports Administration and Management from the University of Lyon, France in 1996, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago in 2001.

Baumann joined FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) in 1994 as a general counsel, and was appointed deputy secretary-general in 1995. In 2002 he was named secretary-general of FIBA, a post he held until his death.

Baumann was appointed to the IOC in 2007, where he served on numerous commissions. 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 named Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2028.

Baumann also held several posts in the world of sport outside of FIBA and the IOC. He was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport in 2009; was a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) (2010) and was a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) (elected 2011, re-elected in 2015). He served as a member of the Executive Committee and the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In addition, Baumann 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, formerly the SportAccord Convention, in 2017.

Baumann was considered a leading candidate to succeed Thomas Bach as IOC President when he stepped down, but Baumann died suddenly from cardiac causes while attending the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Organising Committee for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games —2018 SUI Patrick Baumann
FIBA International Olympic Committee 2007—2018 SUI Patrick Baumann
President Global Association of International Sports Federations 2016—2018 SUI Patrick Baumann

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