Ben Hockin Banned One Year by FINA for Improper Nationality Change

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, December 10. BEN Hockin, who swam for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the 400 free relay, has been banned for a year from the sport by FINA due to an improper change of nationality.

Hockin, whose father is British and mother is Paraguayan, swam for Paraguay a the 2010 South American Games and won three silvers and a bronze, did not follow the proper steps to switch his sport nationality according to FINA.

His suspension is retroactive to May 23, 2010. Both federations involved also were fined for taking part in the technical transgression. The Federacion Paraguaya de Natacion drew a $1,500 fine, while British Swimming Ltd. wound up with a $500 fine.