MIES - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Monday appointed FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann as Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games and Vice-Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Paris 2024 Olympics following his successful role as Chair of the 2024 and 2028 IOC Evaluation Commission that led to the double award in September in Lima, Peru.
By taking on these two roles, Baumann will help Paris and Los Angeles to work closely with each other and share best practices in areas such as sustainability, inclusiveness and innovation.
"Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 now share a strong bond, a common history and are embarking on an exciting journey together," he said. "This history and success of both Games have become inextricably intertwined. Having the honor of playing a role on both Commissions, I am looking forward to contributing, with my colleagues, to the success of these two remarkable cities and of the Olympic Movement."
At the same time, as Secretary General of FIBA, Baumann welcomed the double award: "Both countries and cities have an excellent tradition with basketball and are a perfect fit for FIBA's future growth plan with the new competition system that starts this year and for our excellent relationship with the NBA. And with the addition of 3x3, we are sure to continue creating a buzz at both Olympic Games."
Basketball, consistently one of the most popular and in-demand sports at the Olympics, is sure to be a huge hit in Los Angeles, which is the home of one of the NBA's most storied franchises, the Lakers, as well as one of its most vibrant, the Clippers. Sporting greats including Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Kobe Bryant have helped the Lakers win 16 NBA Championships.
Los Angeles last staged the Olympics in 1984, when a USA team led by NBA-bound Michael Jordan won gold in the Basketball Tournament.