Swimming: Germany joins boycott of China

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The German federation said that it will join the Netherlands in not taking part in a World Cup event in China next month to protest against drug offences by the Chinese team in Perth, Australia, at the recent World Championships.

In turn, the Chinese will not be invited to attend a meeting in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, scheduled for 21 to 22 March.

The boycott comes as Fina, the sport's world governing body, announced yesterday that it is to send a delegation to China to investigate cases of doping in Perth and has promised to introduce tougher controls. Fina, together with China's federation, "will study any necessary measure to be taken in order to eliminate all doping from our sport," a statement said.

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