FINA Asks Mexico For Its $5m; & Whispers On The Wave Of Swimming’s Political Seascape

FINA will not waive a $5m fine faced by Guadalajara after Mexico withdrew from hosting the 2017 world championships but has offered to receive the penalty money in two instalments of $2.5m, one to be paid immediately; plus, swimming’s political seascape – on boycotts, shakers and Sheiks and the SportAccord crisis

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FINA will not waive a $5m fine faced by Guadalajara after Mexico withdrew from hosting the 2017 world championships but has offered to receive the penalty money in two instalments of $2.5m, one to be paid immediately; plus, swimming’s political seascape – on boycotts, shakers and Sheiks and the SportAccord crisis

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Clive Rushton

You refer to high diving as a “very restricted world” in terms of participation and I am tempted to draw a parallel with the recent FINA10km OW event in Nounea. FINA list Noumea as (FRA) but it is a small (beautiful) island in the South Pacific, part of the Oceania block of FINA regions.

At the official FINA 10km event, publicized by FINA as “elite level competition”, the results list 8 females and 9 males, none of which strike me (a non-OW expert) as “elite”. A total if 17 competitors; maybe even high diving would be embarrassed!

Craig Lord

I wouldn’t wish to spell out every embarrassment, Clive 🙂 That said, I recall a “World Championship” showcase event, Barcelona 2013, with a start list of just 13 competitors: high diving. And that included 3 from GBR, a number not allowed in swimming… I don’t believe that constitutes a world championship nor does it deserve that status

Clive Rushton

To re-quote you: Quite right Craig 🙂

beachmouse

I’m willing to cut high diving a bit of slack for being a first time event that requires a lot of skill and insanity. I’m willing to give that experiment a few more tries and see if it grows or goes the way of competitive tug of war.

I skimmed back over the WC Open Water 25K results, and even if you throw out Shanghai and its water issues that caused a lot of scratches, that’s a well-established event that will often have fewer than 20 finishers. So you can make a quality/quantity argument.

TumbleTurner

Why doesn’t Marius Vizer see that Agenda 2020 WILL make the Games more attractive and relevant to fans, bid cities and sponsors. The athletes, fans, bid cities (and even the sponsors) are SUPPOSED to be the one’s who benefit. Not greedy old men (and their sons) who always seem to be apathetic to the athletes and the fans, and who (worryingly) make financial and political gains from their veiled links to sponsors and oligarchs.
When are the International Sports Federations going to learn that the days of officials soaking up the profits generated by the performance and “appearance” of the athletes at elite events, should have been over decades ago?!?
Spectators aren’t going along to see International Sports Federation cronies hog all the best seats, they’re going along to watch their idols and heroes play and compete fairly and competitively.

Craig Lord

I think, TumbleTurner, that was part of his point: putting all his comments over four days together, I think he believes some of the 2020 agenda is in name only, including transparency … more designed to prop up some of the things you talk about than actually get on with the long overdue reforms you allude to.

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