HONG KONG will be the venue for China's scandal-ridden swimming squad's first international appearance since seven of their Asian Games swimmers tested positive for drugs . . . but the world governing body's dope testing team will not be present. Local officials, however, confirmed that random testing will be conducted during the two-day short course World Cup meeting at the Kowloon Park pool on January 3 and 4. 'We will be conducting dope tests but it will not be any stricter than normal unless we receive special instructions from FINA [swimming's world ruling body],' said Johnny Li Khai-kham, chief executive of the event's organising committee. 'There will be random tests like the ones we had when we ran the World Cup early this year, and we should be getting about 10 samples at the meeting.' Gunnar Werner, the honorary secretary of FINA, said there will not be special instructions for more stringent tests in the wake of China's doping scandal that was exposed this week. 'FINA are not directly involved in the World Cup events and the host country can appoint any testing team that is recognised by the International Olympic Committee,' said Swede Werner. Li said there is a possibility that a Chinese laboratory accredited by the IOC would analyse the urine samples taken in Hong Kong. But he stressed that those performing the tests would not know whose urine samples they were analysing. Said Li: 'Our priority would be to appoint an IOC certified laboratory in China to do the tests for us because it would be most the economical thing to do. 'It doesn't really matter who does the testing because the urine samples are sealed and coded by the chief referee and then sent to the laboratory for analysis. 'The lab would not know which samples belong to which swimmers.' Organisers also have the option of sending samples to IOC-accredited labs in South Korea and Japan. Swimmers from more than 15 countries have initially confirmed their entry but there could be some late withdrawals as Germany are leading a call for European countries to boycott events that include Chinese swimmers. Hong Kong is the first leg of the eight-stop worldwide series and China is to host the second meeting in Beijing on January 7 and 8. The Beijing event, however, is in the balance as it is understood that sponsorship has yet to be secured. The series also takes in England, France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Sweden. Meanwhile, two of Hong Kong's sports leaders said the territory should continue sporting exchanges with China despite the doping scandal. Dr Dennis Whitby, director of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, said Hong Kong should not follow the boycott call by Germany. He said: 'I don't think any of this should affect Hong Kong's relationship with the Chinese. 'In a year's time, all this will blow over, while Hong Kong's relationship with China will go on forever. 'We are talking about the future and long term here and exchanges with China are very important.' A. de O. Sales, president of the Hong Kong Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, said the territory and China have a special relationship and he does not feel that drug-taking in the mainland was part of an organised doping procedure. 'Obviously, Hong Kong should continue their relationship with China, not only in swimming but in all other sports.' The seven swimmers were in a group of 11 who tested positive at the Asian Games. There were also two canoeists, one hurdler and a cyclist. Female swimmer Lu Bin, who won four gold medals at Hiroshima, was one of the seven identified. The Olympic Council of Asia will decide in two weeks what action they would take against the Chinese, who stand to lose 22 medals; 15 golds, six silvers and a bronze. The Chinese Olympic Committee have told their national associations to conduct investigations into the doping scandal.