Javier Imbroda, Minister of Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía and former basketball coach, dies


The Minister of Education and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, Javier Imbroda, who was also the national basketball coach between 2001 and 2022, has died at the age of 61 after a long fight against cancer, sources from the Junta have indicated to Europa Press. from Andalusia.

The until now Minister of Education was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016, a disease that he managed to overcome, but in which he relapsed again last year.

Born in Melilla in 1961, he was a doctor in Educational Sciences from the University of Malaga, a Master’s degree in senior business management from the San Telmo Institute and a Cs regional deputy for the province of Malaga, a constituency 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 (Cs) and chaired by Juanma Moreno, a position he has held until the day of his death.

Imbroda had a long sports career that made him a benchmark in Spanish basketball. Thus, he participated in the preparation of the Lithuanian team for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, after which with Unicaja de Málaga he achieved the runner-up position in the ACB. After ten years linked to the Malaga entity, he managed Caja San Fernando de Sevilla, Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team.

With the National Team he won a European bronze medal in Turkey during his first year, and achieved the historic milestone of beating the United States basketball team in official competition at the World Cup in Indianapolis.

After overcoming cancer, he decided to share his experience by getting involved in different projects with sport as the backbone.

In addition, he created the Javier Imbroda Foundation, which serves children daily with sport as a tool for inclusion and which he set up with his 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 assuming 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 Council, governed by the popular Francisco of the tower.


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