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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-04-29

Along with Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin, two more athletes - men's 1500m champion, Bahraini Rashid Ramzi (left) and Geman cyclist Stefan Schumacher (right) - failed drugs tests for the doping product EPO CERA at last year's Beijing Olympics.

Reigning men's 1500m Olympic champion Rashid Ramzi has tested positive for banned blood booster EPO CERA, the Bahraini National Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain's NOC, said they had been informed by the International Olympic Committee that "the February 19, 2009 result of the test on done on their athlete, Rashid Ramzi, winner of Olympic 1500m gold, was positive for CERA."

The Morocco-born Ramzi won the Gulf country's first ever Olympic medal when he stormed to victory in the 1500m in 3min 32.94sec.

Ramzi, who gained Bahraini citizenship in 2002 after joining the country's armed forces, shot to fame when he won the 800m and 1500m double at the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, becoming the first man to do so at a global event since Peter Snell in 1964.

 

German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was identified on Wednesday as one of the six athletes from the Beijing Olympic Games who has tested positive for banned blood-booster EPO CERA.

"The German Cycling Federation (BDR) have passed documents about a failed doping test on to the sportsman Stefan Schumacher," said the BDR in a statement.

"It is now up to him whether he requires the opening of the B sample or not."

The International Olympic Commitee (IOC) announced on Tuesday that six sportsmen had tested positive for CERA, a new strain of the illegal blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO).

Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin, who won Olympic silver in the men's road race, and 1500m runner Rashid Ramzi from Bahrain, who won gold in Beijing, have also been confirmed as being among the six caught after their samples were retested.

Schumacher first tested positive for EPO CERA in October 2008 after a sample he gave during the Tour de France was retested and in February he was banned by the UCI, cycling's governing body, for two years.

Schumacher and Rebellin rode together for the defunct German cycling team Gerolsteiner in 2008.

Date created : 2009-04-29

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