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Death of Patrick Baumann, IOC Member

It is with the greatest sorrow and shock that the International Olympic Committee has learned of the death of Mr Patrick Baumann, IOC Member in Switzerland, in Buenos Aires. He was 51.

Patrick Baumann was a central figure in the Olympic Movement.

A former player, coach and referee, Patrick Baumann dedicated his life to basketball and to the sports community. He was Deputy Secretary General (1995-2002) of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and then unanimously appointed as Secretary General by the FIBA Central Board in 2002, a role he had held since. He was greatly instrumental in the transformation and growth of the sport in the international basketball community, successfully supporting the popularisation of 3×3 basketball, for instance.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This is a great shock, which has hit us all very hard. We can hardly believe this terrible news. Particularly since, even today, we have seen him working hard, as we always knew him, for the sport he loved. We lose a young and sympathetic leader full of hope who was standing for the future of sport. Our thoughts are with his wife, his children and his family.”

To honour the memory of Patrick Baumann, the IOC President has asked for the Olympic flag to be flown at half-mast at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne and at the IOC headquarters at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires for three days. The IOC will also hold a memorial in the Youth Olympic Village.

An IOC Member since 2007, he had been recently appointed as a member (2016-2017) then Chair (2017) of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of XXXIII Olympiad in 2024, then Vice-Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games of XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024 after the French capital won the right to host the Olympic Games 2024. He was also Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Los Angeles 2028, helping the two host cities to work closely with each other.

A Swiss national, Patrick Baumann was also President of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Patrick Baumann had continuously and actively participated in the IOC’s development throughout his mandate, as a member in the following IOC Commissions: Evaluation for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 (as an IF representative) (2000-2001), Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad London 2012 (2007-2012), International Relations (2008-2014), Sport and Law (2010-2014), Evaluation for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 (2013), Entourage (2014-2015), Marketing (2014-), Athletes’ Entourage (2015-2018) and Legal Affairs (2017-2018).

Patrick Baumann
photo credit: FIBA

Able to speak five languages, Patrick Baumann had a remarkable academic record: an MBA from the Business School of the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Sports Administration Management (MEMOS) from the University of Lyon in France and a law degree from the University of Lausanne.

A man of numerous talents, as a lawyer he always demonstrated a great sense of responsibility: he was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport in 2009, had been a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2010, and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Patrick Baumann was elected as a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in 2011 and re-elected in 2015; he was elected as President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in 2016; and as President of SportAccord in 2017.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Mr Baumann’s family.

Official Draw Reveals Line-ups For 82 Boxers Going For Youth Olympic Glory in Buenos Aires

Official Draw reveals line-ups for the 82 boxers going for the Youth Olympic glory in Buenos Aires

Saturday afternoon at the Buenos Aires’ Oceania Pavilion saw 82 names from 38 countries go into the draw for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with all boxers born in 2000 or 2001. The five-day tournament, running from 14-18 October, not only provides the springboard to the Elite level, but an amazing view on the new generation of boxing champions.

“Youth competitions are always special for AIBA as the development of our grassroots is a central part of our DNA. And the Youth Olympic Games are even more unique because they also represent a wonderful opportunity for our young women and men boxers to learn and display the Olympic and AIBA values” said AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets.

This edition of the Youth Olympics will feature for the first time four women weight categories and nine men classes, and will witness the sport’s biggest hopes going toe-to-toe for the Youth Olympic glory.

On the women’s side of the draw, all eyes will be on two-times AIBA Youth World Champion, Heaven Garcia (51 kg) whose results this year prove she is coming to Buenos Aires with only the gold in mind. Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois (60 kg) will also be one to watch as she aims to keep her undefeated record safe and become Youth Olympic champion.

The men’s side of the draw can potentially bring an expected flyweight clash (52kg) between Great Britain’s Ivan Hope and Brazil’s hope Luiz Oliveira, who will try to emulate his grandfather 50 years after Servilio Oliveira clinched the first Olympic medal for the Carioca country.

Buenos Aires 2018: Bulgaria and Germany Climbs Atop The Air Pistol Mixed International Team Podium

Bulgaria and Germany climbed together atop the podium at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where they secured the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team event.

Vanessa Seeger and Kiril Kirov — who respectively placed 10th and 11th in the Air Pistol individual events — dominated the gold medal match, signing a clear win and securing the brightest medal with the score of 10 points to 3. The international couple prevailed over a team composed by India’s Manu Bhaker — gold medalist in the 10m Air Pistol Women event — and Tajikistan’s Bezhan Fayzullaev, who eventually landed in 2nd place and won silver.

“It was an honour only to be here, not everybody gets this chance, and to win the gold is a fantastic feeling,” said Kirov after the medal ceremony. “I really like this mixed event a lot, it allows you to recover from a bad shot thanks to the point-system and it’s enjoyable to watch.”

“I feel relieved! I wasn’t very happy about my individual event,” added his German teammate. “I still cannot believe what happened. We had two strong competitors and I’m so glad we made it, my partner was amazing and we did a great job together.”

“We’ve been a little bit lucky during the match, because our bad shots came at the same time so they didn’t affect our performance, in the end it was a great day and I’m feeling great!”

“I was happy to be teaming up with Bezhan, I never met him before and we made it together all the way to the gold medal match,” declared Manu Bhaker. “I enjoyed this event, even though I haven’t performed that well I liked it a lot.”

The bronze medal match went in the books with another resounding victory, as Ukraine’s Dmytro Honta and Mexico’s Andrea Victoria Ibarra Miranda beat Iraq’s Fatimah Abbas Waheeb Al-Kaabi and Belgium’s Jerome Son with the score of 10 points to 4.

The eight shooters competed in front of a number of authorities, including IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach, ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña and ISSF Secretary General Mr. Franz Schreiber.

In the two semifinals that determined the medal matches participants, Bhaker and Fayzullaev beat Honta and Ibarra Miranda by 10 to 3, while Kirov and Seeger bested Al-Kaabi and Son with the score of 10 to 6.

Shooting sport at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games saw the participation of 80 athletes, representing 58 nations and competing in six YOG events: men’s and women’s 10m Air Rifle, men’s and women’s 10m Air Pistol, 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team and 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team.

Even if there is no official medal table, seven nations climbed on the podium in individual events: Denmark, Georgia, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Switzerland.

Buenos Aires 2018 Introducing Sport To Over One Million Local Youth

Yesterday, the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee (BAYOGOC) outlined, at the final meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission, how its vision of bringing sport to the young people of Argentina has come to fruition and that preparations are on track with just over four months to go to the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) this October.

Argentinian hockey legend Luciana Aymar during her announcement as a Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Ambassador
Credit: IOC/Pablo Elias

Using the Youth Olympic Games as a catalyst, BAYOGOC has implemented a very ambitious youth engagement programme by organising over 1,300 sporting and cultural events and initiatives in schools and community sports clubs over the last four years. One million young people will have actively participated in YOG-themed activities, from sport initiation and inspirational talks with Olympians to sport-themed cultural projects – all implemented by a dedicated young team. In addition to this, 210,000 school children will experience Games-time YOG schools programmes; and the free access to all four parks aims to allow local youth, families and sport fans to enjoy young elite sports competition and festival atmosphere.

Early May, Youth Olympic Village (YOV) completion was celebrated with a handover ceremony at which local communities were invited. The YOV will become affordable housing in legacy mode. Guests were invited to try out the various sports that will appear at the Games, along with Olympic champions such as Luis Scola and Paula Pareto, both strong YOG ambassadors.

BAYOGOC outlined to the Coordination Commission the volunteer plans that will be in place which will mobilise 8,300 volunteers to support the Games-time efforts. Interest in the programme was extremely high, with 36,000 registering interest from more than 130 countries.

During the IOC visit, the Coordination Commission members visited the YOV and all 4 parks, including nearby Youth Olympic Park under construction, where 50 per cent of the athletes will compete. They were the first to meet #Pandi, the official mascot, which was unveiled this week and represents the jaguar, a native wildcat of Argentina. With a strong digital profile, it aims to inspire youths to embrace sport as a tool to make the world a better place, while also raising awareness about the species’ risk of extinction.

Argentinian hockey legend Luciana Aymar during her announcement as a Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Ambassador
Credit: IOC/Pablo Elias

The local organisers outlined an extensive programme of events to build awareness of the YOG in the final lead-up to the Games. Next month (23 June) will see an Olympic Day festival held in the Green Park, which will showcase some of the Games-time action. In July, the Youth Olympic Flame will be lit in Athens, Greece, before taking on a two-month tour throughout Argentina.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair Li Lingwei said: “Buenos Aires 2018 always set out to bring sport to the people and they have already succeeded in this mission with their ambitious engagement programme to get young people active. During Games time, it will truly be a celebration of sport across the whole city. We are really impressed with the progress made and the implementation of an exciting vision mixing sport, music, food and entertainment in an urban setting.”

Gerardo Werthein, BAYOGOC President, said: “We have shown hundreds of thousands of children how practising sports can improve their lives and how the Olympic values apply in their everyday lives. We have planted the seed of Olympism in the schools of Buenos Aires.

Argentinian hockey legend Luciana Aymar during her announcement as a Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Ambassador
Credit: IOC/Pablo Elias

“Additionally, Buenos Aires 2018 will be the Youth Olympic Games for the digital era. We will engage the youth of the world through a digital platform, which will allow a level of interaction never seen before. We will bring the Youth Olympic voice to all corners of the globe,” he added.

For fans around the world, the Buenos Aires 2018 team are working on the most immersive Games-time platform, set to launch in July, for users to personalise their Games-time experience to catch all the action according to their interests. The Olympic Channel will also broadcast for the first time 24/7 YOG content, including live action, highlights and additional features.

Building on all the above programmes and initiatives, Buenos Aires 2018 promises to leave an outstanding legacy across sport (newly built and refurbished facilities, sport equipment, national high performance sports centre, detection programme, etc.), human, social and urban fields, demonstrating how the Youth Olympic Games can be been used as a catalyst in a more global perspective and vision for the future of the host city.

The YOG Buenos Aires 2018 take place from 6 to 18 October.

Social Media Handles Unveiled For AJC, YOG Qualifiers

To make the 2017 African Junior and Cadet Championships (AJC) and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifiers more engaging and entertaining, African Table Tennis Federation (ITTF Africa) has unveiled the social media handles for the continental tournament which holds in Tunis on April 9 to 15.

According to ITTF Africa, the platforms will give the media and fans across the world and Africa to follow their teams and get daily results including on and off the table videos and pictures during the championships.

With a Hashtag address of #ITTFAfricanJuniors, matches and results can also be followed on facebook.com/ITTFAfrica and Twitter account of the federation.

“We decided to unveil the social media platform in order to make the competition more exciting and engaging for fans across the globe because these are the future stars of the continent. We are going to be providing daily result as well as off the table activities of teams and players so that the continent can get familiar with these stars,” according to a statement issued by the media department of ITTF Africa.

It added that this year’s tournament would be used to select the African cadet team for the World Cadet Challenge as well as qualifiers for the World Junior Championships holding later in the year in Italy.

For seven days, the players will assemble in Tunis to compete for honours in singles, doubles and teams events while defending champions – Egypt will be aiming to hold on to the title it has been dominating in the last five years.

However, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Qualifiers will follow AJC on April 16 to 17, as teams will be aiming to get a slot in the four-man African representatives at YOG come 2018 in Argentina.