(ATR) Patrick Baumann helps lead one of the most popular Olympic sports – while keeping an eye on preparations for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Baumann is number 13 in the 2018 edition of the Around the Rings Golden 25. Published since 1997, the Golden 25 is an annual review of people, events and issues expected to influence the Olympic Movement in the year ahead.
Baumann, a Swiss native, is secretary general of basketball federation FIBA where he is an advocate for the 3X3 version of the sport and other changes to modernize basketball and develop basketball worldwide.
An IOC member since 2007, Baumann chaired the Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympics, as well as the ad hoc commission that reviewed what would become the bid for 2028 from Los Angeles. Baumann is now vice chair of the Paris coordination commission and chair of the Los Angeles 2020 commission.
He is chair of the organizing committee for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.
At age 50, Baumann is one of the younger IOC members on the IOC leadership ladder, with 20 years before he needs to retire.
2017 ranking: not ranked
Reported by Ed Hula.