Governing body

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noun - A governing body is either volunteer-driven associations or professionally administered sports organizations that has acknowledged and recognized regulatory and sanctioning functions. Governing bodies have a wide variety of responsibilities, missions, and scopes in the water polo community. They may cover a range of sport at a local, regional, national or international level. The first international federations were formed at the end of the 19th century.

FINA is the international governing body for the game of water polo.

Synonyms

association, organization, sanctioning body, sanctioning association, sanctioning organization