The ASEAN Basketball League mourns with the worldwide basketball community for the passing away of FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Mr Patrick Baumann.
FIBA confirmed the sad news on the night of October 14. Despite receiving immediate medical attention, Mr Baumann suddenly and unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack during the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr Baumann was instrumental to the emergence of the ASEAN Basketball League, saying that the league was a “welcome indication of the maturity achieved by our sport” during his attendance of ABL’s launch in 2009 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Secretary General of FIBA since 2002, Mr Baumann passed away at the age of 51.
Mr Baumann is survived by his wife and two children.