FINA has announced the temporary suspension of the Mexican Swimming Federation following a Bureau meeting on Saturday in Budapest, held on the advent of the FINA Gala on Sunday.
The suspension, however, was not for falsifying entry times and submitting illegal entries of unqualified swimmers to the World Championships this summer, which FINA has eschewed as insignificant.
Instead, the suspension was issued for “not fulfilling contractual obligations concerning the cancellation of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Guadalajara.”
The rule specifically states that sanctions can be imposed “if duties and financial obligations to FINA are not fulfilled.”
Initial reports were that Mexico would have to pay a $5 million fine after they won the bid to host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships and then withdrew themselves from hosting duties. Budapest, where the meetings that levied the suspension are taking place, had originally been named the host of the 2019 World Championships but took over the 2017 duties after Mexico’s withdrawal.
FINA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what obligations Mexico was being suspended for (the original withdrawal or failing to pay the $5 million fine), or what exactly a temporary suspension of a federation prevented them from doing.