The National Commission on Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE) was sentenced to pay 15 million pesos to the Mexican fencer Paola Pliego as compensation for “moral damages.” The resolution was given in response to a lawsuit filed by the athlete, who was excluded from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games because of a false positive in the doping process.
In an official statement, Conade confirmed the judge’s decision to award compensation to Paola Pliego. The fencer, after the confusion created by the false positive, opted out of representing Uzbekistan internationally; Mexico’s representation was rejected. Pliego argued that his decision was based on being a “victim of the corruption of Mexican sports leaders,” according to his statements.
In August 2018, the fencer filed a lawsuit before the Fourteenth Civil Court of Mexico City against CONADE, the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM), and the Mexican Fencing Federation (FME) for “moral damages.”.
In January 2020, the judge in the case acquitted the COM and the FME, condemning CONADE to pay a compensation of 15 million pesos, as well as compensation for quantifiable damages to enforce the sentence and pay the costs of the first instance.
Today, February 1, 2023, CONADE lost protection in the case of fencing, so it was determined that the Commission must pay the woman born in Querétaro the previously established amount.
In the statement of her resignation in Mexico, issued several years ago, Paola Pliego not only announced her decision to represent another country but also launched direct accusations against the last two ministers of sports in Mexico.Alfredo Castillo and Ana Gabriela Guevara, as well as against the then president of the Mexican Olympic Committee, Carlos Padilla.