BFI CEO Harish Sharma passes away at 53

BFI CEO Harish Sharma passes away at 53

Harish Sharma, the Chief Executive Officer of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), passed away yesterday.

He was 53 years old.

"The BFI mourns his death and pays condolences to Sharma's family and close friends. His influence on the game of basketball in India will be irreplaceable," BFI said in its condolence message through a press release.

Born on December 28, 1958, Sharma was also a former basketball player and represented the Indian National Basketball team in the 70s.

He was appointed as Secretary-General of the BFI 11 years ago and served as BFI’s CEO for one year. Sharma was also the Secretary-General of FIBA Middle-Asia Zone and the Secretary of the Delhi Basketball Association.

"We deeply regret the sad demise of Mr Harish Sharma who leaves behind an indelible mark on Indian basketball. A committed administrator, who had played the sport, Mr Sharma's progressive attitude and endearing personality were integral to the foundation that he has laid for the Indian basketball to unlock its true potential," IMG Reliance Spokesperson.

"We will miss his guidance and counsel at IMG Reliance as he was deeply committed to the grass roots development programme including the world class coaching talent being made available to the players across the country," the spokesperson added.