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.
Bach also named Baron Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, the President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee (COIB), to chair the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission.
Baumann has been an IOC Member since 2007 and led the 2024 and 2028 IOC Evaluation Commissions. By taking on these two roles, he 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,” Baumann 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.”
Baumann has served on the IOC Coordination Commission for the London 2012 Olympic Games and been a part of three IOC Evaluation Commissions. He is also the President of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (YOGOC).
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.
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