The 11 Chinese athletes who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the Asian Games face severe punishment, an official statement said Sunday.

The Chinese Olympic Committee was "shocked" when the Olympic Council of Asia confirmed the athletes had used hydrotesterone, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The Xinhua report did not specify what the "severe punishment" would be.The Olympic Council of Asia announced Saturday that the 11 had been stripped of the medals they won at the October games in Hiroshima, Japan.

OCA director general Abdul Muttaleb Al-Ahmad said in Kuwait City that the athletes, six women and five men, won their medals for swimming, cycling and the decathlon. He said the athletes' names were not immediately available.

Xinhua identified the 11 as five women and six men. The women were swimmers Yang Aihua, Lu Bin and Zhou Guanbin, hurdler Han Qing and cyclist Wang Yan. The men were swimmers Xiong Guoming, Hu Bin, Zhang Bin and Fu Yong, and canoeists Zhang Lei and Qiu Suoren.