Mexico threatens to send Fernanda Gonzalez home from Pan Ams for unsponsored suit

Mexican national record-holder Fernanda Gonzalez says she was threatened with expulsion from the Pan American Games for not wearing Mexico’s sponsored competition suit.

Gonzalez says she was detained in the Pan Am Games village an hour before she was slated to swim the A final of the 200 backstroke, and that officials from the Mexican Olympic Committee threatened to send her immediately back to Mexico if she didn’t wear the recommended suit.

Laaficion.com reports on Gonzalez’s claim that four officials kept her in a room and told her they would take away her accreditation and not allow her to compete in the Games in Toronto.

You can see an interview with Gonzalez on the MasNatacion.com Facebook page here, in its original Spanish. Gonzalez appears near tears at several points, and notes that she hopes to use the Pan Am Games to qualify for the Olympics.

It’s still unclear which brand of suit the Mexican Olympic Committee wanted Gonzalez to wear and which brand she wore before getting in trouble with the Mexican officials. She is wearing an Arena suit in the video interview above.

Gonzalez told another Spanish news organization, Terra, that the suit the officials wanted her to wear was not her size and didn’t fit her right. With an Olympic bid on the line, Gonzalez decided against wearing the suit that she says didn’t fit.

She told Terra that she would “burn” the recommended suit and only wear a suit that fit her for the rest of competition.

After the suit incident, Gonzalez competed in the championship final of the 200 back, gaining two and a half seconds from her prelims time and taking 8th overall. Gonzalez was about six seconds off her own national record in the event.

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Erika M

that’s the suit, she normally uses speedo

Evolution Swim

It’s always about what’s best for the politicians pockets and less about what’s best for the swimmer. The individuals who did this to her should never travel for the sport again. If the suit doesn’t fit and the swimmer has no contractual obligation to the brand, then why in the world would she be forced to wear the suit? And why in the world would these people approach her before her event v. after the fact? The girl is trying to make an Olympic cut and these morons are worried about pleasing a brand. Fools.

chris

Yeah, the politicians are really going after that professional swimming money.. Not war, famine, or big business. SWIMMING! Thats where the money is.

bwiab

A lot of US club coaches do the same thing. They mandate the kids buy special team suits, apparel, gear, etc. If you don’t like it, you can join another team according to these clubs. Athletes have their favorite brands (even during workout) and should be able to wear whatever they want.

hswimmer

LOL she can wear whatever suit she wants, this is so stupid…

Otto Chavez

In this case, the problem is she was forced by people of Mexican Federation to wear an Arena swim suit instead the swim suit she prefers!
This case could became another case of corruption from the mexican authorities on sport issues who have black deals with external (commercial) interest!

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