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10 Dec 2018

FIBA's House of Basketball to be renamed in Baumann tribute

The House of Basketball, the headquarters of FIBA, the sport’s international federation, in Switzerland, is to be renamed in honour of the late Patrick Baumann, the long-time secretary general of the governing body.

The proposal was made by Richard Carrión at the FIBA central board meeting held at the location in Mies, near Geneva, on Friday and Saturday.

FIBA said today that the idea was praised by its president Horacio Muratore and received the full support of the rest of the board.

The exact new name of the House of Basketball has yet to be announced.

Baumann died suddenly, aged 51, of a heart attack while attending the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October. Like Puerto Rico's Carrión, the Swiss official was a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, and regarded as one of the most influential administrators in world sport.

Baumann had been secretary general of FIBA since 2002, and oversaw the federation’s move from Geneva to its current headquarters in 2013.

It was announced on Friday that Andreas Zagklis, FIBA’s general counsel and director of legal services, had received unanimous approval from the central board to be Baumann’s successor.

In other developments at the meeting, board members were updated on the latest promotional activities and milestones in the lead-up to the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China and preparations for the launch of ticket sales, the official draw and the Trophy Tour.

There were also positive reports on the new qualifying system for the World Cup, the 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup held in Tenerife in Spain in September, international 3x3 events held this year and development activities in markets such as the Americas and Africa.

In addition, the central board received an update on the plans for the 2019 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cups in Greece (men) and Thailand (women), was presented with the budget for next year as approved by the FIBA executive committee on Friday morning and approved amendments made to internal regulations.