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    Sports Federation
    Founded in 1908
    Based in Lausanne, Switzerland
    Governing body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming and Open Water Swimming
    Consists of 197 national federations
    FINA is for Federation International de Natation (International Swimming Federation)
    Building a state-of-the-art swimming facility for an Olympics is very costly.
    The facility for the London Olympics was expected to cost $400 million to build.
    They were not very good in catching the doping of the East German swimmers of the 70's and 80's.
    They faced heat over tehe approval of high tech swimwear, like that of Paul Biedermann.
    They're the sports federation in charge of some of the most popular summer Olympic sports.
    Since the 90's, they've been acting a lot tougher toward the doping issue.
    As of May 2010, body suits will no longer be allowed and the amount of body a suit can cover will be regulated.
    At the end of the 2009 World Championships in Rome, its swimmers gave gifts to Pope Benedict.

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