Today, the International Pole Sports federation (IPSF) Executive Committee (ExCo) unanimously voted to not renew the membership of the Federacion de Pole Sports en Mexico for the competitive year 2020-2021.
In the meeting held online, the 5 members discussed more than two years’ worth of issues experienced at the hand of the Mexican federation, led by Jezabel Olmos, which include judges and athlete intimidation, IPSF rule violations and copyright infringement. Also discussed were the numerous attempts made by the IPSF to accommodate the Mexican federation and measures taken to attempt to correct wrongdoing. The ExCo unanimously supported the recommendation presented to it, which includes a series of strong consequences and conditions of reinstatement.
IPSF President Katie Coates said: “The ExCo’s strong decision today shows the IPSF’s determination to act resolutely when rules are consistently broken. For too long, the Mexican federation has detracted from a fair sport, using power to wield fear amongst their athletes, coaches and judges. The blatant and continued breach by the Mexican Federation and its president Jezabel Olmos of a written warning, approved by the ExCo, demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered today. Mexico was afforded every opportunity to work with the IPSF for the good of its athletes and for the integrity of the sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of doing as it wished while all other IPSF federations worked withing the rules. As a result, the IPSF ExCo has responded in the strongest possible terms, while protecting the rights of Mexican athletes to continue competing. Our priority now is to help the Mexican athletes qualify for the Worlds 2021”.
Series of Consequences