A senior FINA official said yesterday that Chinese swimmers will not be singled out for more doping tests despite China's poor record for banned substances. Nevertheless, the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) has announced its intention to call a general assembly to pass measures ordering more doping tests and the imposition of stiff penalties on rogue athletes. FINA technical committee chairman Carol Zaleski said mainland Chinese swimmers will be treated the same as swimmers from the rest of the world. 'There will be more doping tests in the World Cup series and they will be random tests,' said Zaleski. 'The Chinese swimmers will not be tested more because of their great number of positive tests. I don't think there is any plan to single out Chinese swimmers for special attention other than working with the CSA to try and help solve the problem.' A FINA commission is currently in Beijing having meetings with CSA officials in a bid to help China solve their drug usage problems. After yesterday's meeting, FINA spokesman Sam Ramsamy said China has proposed tough new measures to crack down on doping. 'They understand that it is a serious problem and they are going to take serious action,' Ramsamy said. In Perth, four Chinese swimmers tested positive for steroid-masking drugs, while a fifth swimmer and her coach were banned for trying to smuggle a batch of human growth hormones into the country. Ramsamy is part of the five-member FINA delegation formed to look into whether the discoveries were part of a systematic Chinese doping programme. There is no evidence to back up claims made by the banned coach, Zhou Zhewen, that the human growth hormone he said he packed in swimmer Yuan Yuan's bags were intended for a friend in Australia, Ramsamy said. 'The delegation has requested that investigations be conducted to obtain the origins of the HGHs [human growth hormones] in China,' he said. The drug scandal was a blow to China who had bounced back from previous doping discoveries at the 1994 Asian Games in Japan to set two world records at the National Games in Shanghai this past October. Many Western athletes and coaches called for banning China from international competition after Perth, citing the scandal as proof Beijing was systematically doping its athletes. FINA's meetings with Chinese officials showed that the country's local swimming authorities, while probably innocent of doping athletes, were helpless to stop the problem, Ramsamy said. 'FINA's inquiries have led to the belief that the CSA is not a participant in any systematic process of doping in swimming,' he said. 'It exercises little control over provincial swimming or over coaches.' Meanwhile, the Chinese swimming team arrived for the Epson World Cup missing five of their swimmers who failed to obtain visas to visit the SAR. Originally, 12 swimmers were down for the local meeting but the squad has been reduced to seven athletes comprising four females and three male swimmers. Chinese team leader Zhang Xiong said the seven swimmers who managed to come didn't encounter visa problems because they are part of the senior national squad. He also said he has not seen the 11-point action plan which has been adopted by the CSA to stamp out drug abuse. 'I haven't seen it yet so I can't comment. I still think China has the strictest doping control in the world. No matter what action plan is adopted, China will still have very strict doping control,' said Zhang. The former Chinese deputy coach said his swimmers will treat the Epson meeting as a training exercise with little chance of breaking world records. 'Our top swimmer Chen Yan is only in moderate form,' he said.