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Monday, 6 April, 1998, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
China admits athletes took drugs

China says that it caught and punished twenty four athletes for drug offences last year, including eighteen women.

The Chinese Olympic Committee said ten of those who tested positive were participants at the Eighth National Games in Shanghai last October.

Among them was Xiong Qiying, who won the gold medal in the women's long jump.

There have been allegations of systematic doping in China since four chinese swimmers tested positive at the world swimming championships in Australia in January.

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