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Cornel Marculescu, executive director of Lausanne-based FINA, said there were two main issues: the thickness of the suit and availability.Marculescu told SwimNews Web site (www.swimnews.com) there were concerns about buoyancy issues. "We have to review this. But there is no scientific test to say if a suit supports performance," he said on Monday. "The number one priority is that all suits are made available to everyone at the moment of launch. Any innovation should be available to everybody. SUIT CONTROVERSY Bodysuits caused controversy from their genesis about a decade ago, with arguments over whether they broke rules outlawing buoyancy. FINA gave the green light in 2000. Massive sums are poured into the technology of suit development. The Speedo suit boasts stabilizing supports to maintain body position, panels to give a streamlined shape and reduce drag, and a strong, light fabric to reduce muscle oscillation and skin vibration. Other manufacturers offer suits with special properties of their own and they too have had their successes, including victories at these championships. Arena, with world and Olympic champion Laure Manaudou in their line-up, launched their new R-Evolution suit in Eindhoven, and adidas, the brand once worn by the mighty Ian Thorpe, will unveil their new suit shortly. Bernard's French federation is contracted to rival manufacturer Tyr but, like some other federations, allows swimmers to make their own choice of suit. (Editing by Trevor Huggins)
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