With just six words written in a court order, the Mexican artistic swimming team scored a new victory on Tuesday, this time against the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (Conade), whose owner is the former sprinter Ana Guevara, who now is obliged to pay the scholarships of the team, in accordance with the order issued by a federal court in Mexico City.
“It is appropriate to grant the requested precautionary measure”, points out the order of Agustín Tello Espíndola, Eleventh District Judge in Administrative Matters of the capital of the country, who granted the team a provisional suspension, within an Amparo Trial, which implies that Conade must reestablish support for athletes.
The ruling, a copy of which is in your possession HIGH LEVEL, He adds that the scholarships must be restored in the same way in which they had been paid, in addition to the fact that the swimmers must have access to the official facilities so that they can continue with their training.
The Conade scholarships for the benefit of the artistic swimming group have stopped being paid since 2022, despite the successes achieved by its members, who last month They won gold in the Technical Team Routine and Acrobatic Team at the World Cup in the category held in Egypt.
The athletes also got another gold medal in Duet Free Routine and a bronze in Mixed Duet Free Routine.
These victories were achieved despite the fact that the team was not financially supported by Conade, which forced the swimmers to resort to external financing to pay for their trip to the competition, highlighting the sale of swimsuits and the help of the Foundation Telmex.
The scholarships that the group received were stopped last year due to the process that the former president of the Mexican Swimming Federation (FMN) experienced, Kirill Todorov, who was accused by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Ministry of Finance for the crime of embezzlement.
Faced with this situation, the International Swimming Federation stopped recognizing the manager as an authority on aquatic sports in Mexico, which led to the cancellation of the scholarships by Conade.
Payment is not optional
In its amparo claim, the artistic swimming team challenges Conade’s omission to “carry out the corresponding paperwork and procedures for the continuation of the scholarship provision, for the results obtained in Budapest 2022”. In addition, the office directed by Ana Guevara did not inform the swimmers -in a well-founded and motivated manner- of the suspension or cancellation of the support.
The occurrence of the athletes considers that the lack of official support violates articles 1, 4, 14, 16 and 17 of the Constitution, which establishes the obligation of the authorities to respect human rights, and the duty of all officials to observe the principle of legality, acting in accordance with the rules, and adequately founding all their acts.
Thus, with the provisional suspension granted by the Eleventh District Court in Administrative Matters, Conade must once again pay the scholarships to the swimmers. This is a precautionary measure that is mandatory and not optional for Ana Guevara, in which the amparo fund is resolved.
Although the federal government can challenge this ruling, through a Complaint Appeal, the ruling issued in this regard by a Collegiate Court in Administrative Matters must be issued before June 12, the date on which Judge Agustin Tello Espindola established the celebration of the incidental hearing in which the definitive suspension against the cancellation of the supports can be granted.
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