FIBA post memorial on website in mourning of Samaranch

14:50, April 22, 2010      

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World basketball governing body FIBA posted an article on its official website in memoriam of former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died at 89 on Wednesday.

"It is with great sadness that FIBA today learned of the passing of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who presided over the organisation for more than two decades (1980-2001), becoming one of the most recognisable figures in world sport," read the release.

"During his time at the head of the IOC, Samaranch oversaw a large number of changes within the Olympic Movement and the sporting world as a whole, being brought to deal with the increasing weight of commercialism within sport as well as issues such as professionalism at the Games.

"Among his many achievements, he can be credited with the creation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and also oversaw the inclusion of the first female IOC Members."

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