Javier Imbroda, Andalusian Minister of Education, dies

The Minister of Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía and former national basketball coach, Javier Ibrodahas died at the age of 61, as confirmed by his partner in Ciudadanos, the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begona Villacis.

Imbroda, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016, entered politics with Ciudadanos and was counselor after the Andalusian elections of 2018. Was basketball coach between 2001 and 2002 and coached different ACB league teams for 17 seasons.

His mortal remains have been transferred to the Malaga Cemetery Park (Parcemasa), where a mass will be celebrated this Sunday. At the express wish of the family, which appreciates all the signs of support received, will be fired in the strictest privacy.

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Long experience in sports and politics

Born in Melilla in 1961, he was PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of MalagaMaster in senior management of companies from the San Telmo Institute and regional deputy of Cs for the province of Malaga, district for which he was head of the list in the elections of December 2, 2018.

On January 22, 2019, he took office as Minister of Education and Sports of the coalition Executive made up of PP-A and Ciudadanos and chaired by Juan Manuel Moreno, a position he held until the day of his death.

Imbroda had a long sporting career that made him a Spanish basketball reference. Thus, he participated in the preparation of the Lithuanian team for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, after which with the Unicaja de Málaga was runner-up in the ACB.

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After ten years linked to the Malaga entity, he directed the Caja San Fernando de Sevilla, Real Madrid and the Spanish team. With the selection, he got a bronze medal at the European Championships in Turkey in 2001and achieved in the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis the historical milestone of beating the United States basketball team in the fight for fifth place (81-75), in what is still the only Spanish victory over the American team in official competition.

After overcoming cancer, he decided to share his experience by getting involved in different projects with sport as the backbone. What’s more, created the Javier Imbroda Foundationwhich serves children daily with sport as a tool for inclusion and which it set up with its own resources, without public aid or subsidies.

He has served as a speaker at numerous university, social and business forums on management and leadership. Before taking up his position as counselor, Imbroda already had experience in being part of a government team led by the PP, since in July 2011 he was appointed as the new director of the Sports Area of ​​the Malaga City Councilgoverned by the popular Francisco de la Torre.

Moreno: “We have your legacy and we have your memory”

The President of the Junta de Andalucía, John Manuel Moreno, has lamented the death of Imbroda, of which he has highlighted his dedication and his legacy that “will always remain in the memory”. “This Sunday in April we wake up with a broken heart. Thank you, Javier Imbroda, for having given us the privilege of knowing you, of being your companions“Moreno wrote this Sunday on his Twitter account after learning of the death of the Minister of Education.

The Andalusian president, who on Saturday had a memory for Imbroda during his speech at the XX Congress of the PP held in Sevillethanks him in his message for his “dedication to Andalusia” in his years at the head of the Education Council of the Board on behalf of Citizens.

Also the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas shown his “great sadness” upon learning of the death of the Andalusian counselor, “a history of our sport, fighter, dialoguer and committed public servant”.

The former president of Ciudadanos has also reacted on the same social network Albert Rivera, who signed Imbroda for his match. “A great man has left, a wise man in sports, business, education… of life. And one of my best friends is also gonewhom he admired and loved deeply. But he will never die, we will always have his light and his wisdom. Rest in peace, Javier,” Rivera lamented.

The president of Citizens, Ines Arrimadashas written: “Dismayed with this news that we never wanted to have to read. An extraordinary person leaves us: intelligent, fighter, optimistic by nature and a great companion and friend. We will miss you very much, dear Javier. DEP”.

The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzon, has also lamented the death of the former basketball coach. “The counselor Javier Imbroda has died in Malaga at the age of 61. My condolences to his family and friends, as well as to the entire Government of the Andalusian Government. May he rest in peace.”

Mourning in the world of sports

The world of sports also mourns the death of Imbroda, a very dear person in Spanish basketball. Thus, the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) has “sadly fired an indispensable figure in our history” on social media. “We will never forget you, dear Javier. Rest in Peace,” concludes the FEB tweet.

The president of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa, has shown his regret for the departure of “a great person, fighter, affectionate, conciliatory and fun”. “As a good friend tells me, you leave us an indelible legacy, but I add, you leave an immense void for all of us who love you. Thank you for your example coach,” Garbajosa wrote in a tweet, which was one of the fixed players in Imbroda’s calls during his career in the national team (2001-02), and with him won the bronze medal at the European Championships in Turkey 2001.

The matches of the Endesa Basketball League that will be played this Sunday will observe a minute of silence in tribute to the former Spanish selector. “Very sad”, has indicated in a statement the Association of Basketball Clubs (ACB), organizer of the competition, on the death of the Melilla coach.

The Real Madridwhose basketball section trained in the 2002-2003 season, has “deeply” lamented the death of Javier Imbroda, the club has indicated in a statement in which it sends its “condolences, affection and affection to all his family and loved ones, extended to the whole of Real Madrid” due to the loss of their former coach.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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