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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Dope Charge

ROME () -- The coach of the United States women's swimming team Sunday accused China of doping after coaches and team officials from 18 countries issued a statement saying drugs threatened the future of the sport.

U.S. women's coach Richard Quick, speaking to reporters at the end of a world championships where the Chinese women won 12 of 16 gold medals and set five world records, called such amazing results "a sham."

The statement by representatives of North American, European and Commonwealth nations condemned an "unlevel playing field" faced by many countries. It did not specifically mention China.

Chinese coach Zhou Ming, stung by constant questions on doping, angrily accused Western critics Saturday of jealousy and said they knew next to nothing about China's methods.

China's Liu Limin, who took gold in the women's 200 meters to complete a butterfly double Sunday, called the accusations "an invented story without any proof."