According to several news reports coming out of Mexico, the Mexican Swimming Federation has pulled out of hosting the 2017 World Aquatic Championships in Guadalajara from July 15-30, 2017.
We reported last month that FINA had given the Mexican Swimming Federation until February 10th to complete the following three tasks, or risk losing the right to host the 2017 Worlds:
- Form an organizing committee,
- Legalize an organizing committee, and
- Form a trust to manage the event’s expenses.
Mexico’s decision is based on economics. The high cost of hosting the event, coupled with the current economic crisis befalling countries whose economies are tied to the weak oil market, put Mexico in a difficult position. In accepting to host Worlds, Mexico had agreed to invest $100 million in infrastructure. So far, they have only invested $9.5 million.
“We have seen the notice of CONADE, which surprised us, as the benefit of organising the FINA World Championships is much higher than the cost of running the event,” FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu told SwimSwam via email after the news broke, saying that the organization is preparing to share the next steps in finding a new host shortly.
The president of the Comisión Nacional del Deporte (Conade), Jesús Mena, informed FINA president Julio Maglione of the decision by telephone today. According to the agency DPA, Maglione regretted Mexico’s decision and said it would be difficult to find another host. “Today we have only two years to find another site, when normally the process takes four to six years. This is difficult for us.”
Mexico will have to pay a fine of $5 million to withdraw as host.
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