After the series of statements that Ana Gabriela Guevara, head of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (Conade), made about the women’s swimming team, and after the controversy surrounding the athletes’ scholarships, the Mexican Swimming and Diving Federation (FMN) has disappeared.
This is thanks to the fact that, for almost two years, Kiril Todorov, president of the FMN, is linked to a process for alleged embezzlement, so they have no owner and, therefore, they could not work in Mexico.
Context: What has happened to the FMN in recent years?
Since Kiril Todorov was linked to the process in September 2021, World Aquatics ignored the manager and assigned a Stabilizing Committee to manage the FMN while a new president was appointed.
The foregoing was something with which Ana Guevara, president of Conade, disagreed and has said on more than one occasion that, as long as she is not found guilty, she will continue to recognize Todorov as president of the FMN.
In January 2023, he even asked the FMN athletes to testify in favor of Todorov so that he would be released or, otherwise, he would have to freeze his scholarships, which he finally did and it was not until a few weeks ago that returned the benefit to athletes by order of a judge.
Why will the FMN disappear?
This August 1, the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (Conade) released a document addressed to María José Alcalá, president of the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM), the dissolution of the Mexican Swimming and Diving Federation.
Conade decided to withdraw the Single Sport Registry (RUD) from the FMN as it did not have the recognition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), now World Aquatics, so it would be breaking the law.
“Consequently, the Mexican Swimming Federation, AC, was imposed the sanction consisting of the revocation of the Unique Sport Registry (RUD) referred to in article 54 of the General Law on Physical Culture and Sport and 30 of its Regulation and, consequently, its extinction is appropriate”, reads the document cited by Process.
The foregoing occurred after Conade initiate an administrative procedure in accordance with the General Law of Physical Culture and Sportto detect irregularities in the FMN, which he accredited this Tuesday.
The document delivered to Alcalá was signed by Ricardo Carlos Alberto Báez Olvera, coordinator of regulations and legal affairs of the institution led by Ana Gabriela Guevara.
What will happen to swimming athletes with the disappearance of the FMN?
After the disappearance of the Mexican Swimming Federation, a new federation will be created to govern all water sports, such as synchronized swimming, diving, water polo and swimming.
Therefore, there will be votes within Conade to designate a new president of said federation, details of which are still unknown.