Mexico Opts Out 2017: Guadalajara Cannot Afford $100m World Championships Budget

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Mexico, which had until Friday to say it will wither proceed or opt out of hosting the 2017 World Championships, has pulled the plug. A federal government vote decided the matter as part of public funding cuts

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Mexico, which had until Friday to say it will wither proceed or opt out of hosting the 2017 World Championships, has pulled the plug. A federal government vote decided the matter as part of public funding cuts

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Wez

Interesting choice for a WC venue. The city of Guadalajara stands at an elevation of 5138ft.

With all the hype lately around distance swimming (women in particular) and the popularity of it increasing too, it would be a shame to see a heavily contested race no reaching full potential due to altitude.

This obviously applies to most races, as oxygen deprivation would occur in nearly all, but would certainly affect the distances from 200 and up more severely.

Craig Lord

Yes, Wez, good points: coaches of some leading distance swimmers have told me the same.

Torchbearer

Are they hosting open water events at altitude???

Peter

in one of our Belgian newspaper it’s just reported that Mexico is cancelled

beachmouse

The city successfully hosted the Pan Am Games in 2011, and while it wasn’t ideal for distance athletes, it was generally tolerable. Granted city financial circumstances could have changed since then, but it’s funny about how it’s more difficult for the region to successfully host a World Aquatics Championship than it is a major continental competition that consists of far more sports and venues not too much earlier.

SwimFanFinland

Losing $US85 million by hosting, incomes included, sounds very high for me.

I hope it’s not true. Anyway, it seems costs are out of control and something must be done for it.

Jack Simon

Beach mouse, the reason is very simple but unfortunate. The Pan Am games had fantastic leadership which was replaced with NO leadership after the state of Jalisco elections.

Wez and Craig most countries coming to a worlds or Olympic games at altitude would most certainly spend at least three weeks training at altitude either the same or higher. My experience which includes coaching and living at altitude says with proper preparation you will swim well at all distances.

Either way, Guadalara will not get to show off one of the great cities of the world all because of a lack of leadership.

Craig Lord

Thanks for that Jack – i would add to lack of leadership the budget: it is artificially inflated, could be cut back sensibly and is too high for many places in the world, including leading economies.

Jim C

I don’t know that Ledecky would be setting any WRs a year after the Olympics–but holding the WC a mile high would have taken that off the table.

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