FINA or ''Fédération internationale de natation''〔Official name in French. See (Name page ) of FINA's Constitution (page visited on 5 June 2013).〕 (English: ''International Swimming Federation'') is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)〔The International Olympic Committee (online listing ) of the international federations.〕 for administering international competition in Aquatics. It is one of several international federations which administer a given sport/discipline for the IOC and/or international community. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
FINA currently oversees competition in five aquatics sports: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.〔(FINA Sports page ) from the FINA website (www.fina.org); retrieved 2013-06-05.〕 Beginning in 2013, high diving is an emerging discipline within FINA. FINA also oversees "Masters" competition (for adults) in its disciplines.〔
On 24 July 2009, Julio Maglione of Uruguay was elected FINA President.〔Report from/on the 2009 (FINA General Congress ) held on 24 July 2009 and published by FINA on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-24.〕
FINA was founded on 19 July 1908 in the Manchester Hotel in London, UK at the end of the 1908 Summer Olympics by the Belgian, British, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian and Swedish Swimming Federations.〔The (National Federation page ) on the FINA website.〕
Number of national federations by year:
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