FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann Proposed as IOC Member
Together with Mr. Baumann, the other candidates are International Equestrian Federation President HRH Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein (UAE), Columbian Olympic Committee President Andrés Botero (COL) and Indonesian Olympic Committee President Rira Subowo (INA).
"This proposal is a great honor for FIBA and global basketball", said FIBA President Bob Elphinston. "After the many years our Secretary General Emeritus Borislav Stanković has served as IOC member, the nomination of Patrick Baumann would continue this tradition and guarantee a well-deserved representation of basketball within the IOC. I am therefore pleased that the IOC Executive Board accepted FIBA's proposal and our basketball family looks forward to a positive outcome in Guatemala."
Patrick Baumann, who is currently a member of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic Games and was previously a member of the IOC’s Evaluation Commission for the 2008 Olympic Games, was born in Basel, Switzerland, on 5th August 1967. Mr. Baumann first joined FIBA in 1994 and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 1995. On 29th August 2002 he was unanimously appointed Secretary General by the Central Board of this International Basketball Federation. His term of office commenced on 1st January 2003.
Patrick Baumann’s educational background includes an MBA from the Business School of the University of Chicago (U.S.A.), a Master in Sports Administration Management -MEMOS- from the University of Lyon (France) and a Law Degree from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). In addition, the Secretary General of FIBA has been a basketball player, a coach and a referee in Switzerland and Italy. Mr. Baumann, who speaks five languages, is married and has two children.