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SEN - Former Olympian Diop passes away
DAKAR - It is with great sadness that the Senegalese Basketball Federation (FSBB) announced the passing of former Senegal Olympian Papa Malick Diop, who died away on Monday 24 June in the country's capital of Dakar. He was 72 years old.
It has been more than three decades (Moscow 1980) since Senegal last played at an Olympic tournament.
Nowadays, Diop is remembered as a member of Senegal's 'Golden Generation', as a player who contributed to one of the highest moments of Senegal basketball.
According to Senegalese media, Diop was known for his game reading ability and leadership on court.
He later coached local club Jaraaf.
Senegal remain a continental powerhouse, but the Golden Era seems to have long gone, and Diop will not be around to witness a new generation to talented players flourish.
Waly Diaye, the FSBB'S General Secretary told FIBA that Diop was "a great player and leader who was MVP of the 1972 Championship."