On behalf of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr Patrick Baumann. Mr Baumann, who passed away on 14 October, was a highly-valued and respected member of the international sporting community and will be greatly missed.
A true visionary, Mr Baumann was committed to making the world a better place through sport. He was a driving force behind many international projects and worked with drive and dedication as part of numerous IOC Commissions, including: 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). More recently, the UIAA had enjoyed collaborating with Mr Baumann through his role as President of GAISF, an association he believed passionately in, and as President of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.
The UIAA, and the climbing and mountaineering community, was very sorry to hear of his sudden departure and wishes to express its most sincere sympathies to the family and loved ones of Mr Baumann during this difficult time.