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ROME -- Two medal-winners and an Olympic cyclist have been named among the six athletes the International Olympic Committee said tested positive for an advanced form of a blood-boosting drug during the Beijing Games.The Italian Olympic Committee confirmed Wednesday that Olympic cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin tested positive for doping at the 2008 Games.


The Bahrain Olympic Committee said 1,500-meter gold medalist Rashid Ramzi tested positive for doping. And the German cycling federation said Wednesday that Stefan Schumacher was one of the six athletes who tested positive.


The IOC said Tuesday that a total of seven positive tests involving six athletes came back positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-boosting drug EPO. The IOC has not named the athletes or the sports involved, instead leaving that to the individual national Olympic committees.
Ramzi is originally from Morocco, and still trains in his native country. His win at the Bird's Nest in Beijing last August gave Bahrain its first-ever Olympic track and field gold medal with a victory in 3 minutes, 32.94 seconds.


If he is stripped of his medal, Asbel Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya would be upgraded from silver to gold. Nicolas Willis of New Zealand would go from bronze to silver, and fourth-place finisher Mehdi Baala of France would receive the bronze medal.


The Bahrain Olympic Committee said Ramzi's "A" sample was opened on Feb. 19 and tested positive. The committee said Ramzi's backup "B" sample will be tested in France on June 8 and that he will face an IOC hearing the same day.


"The Bahrain Olympic Committee apologizes for receiving such news from the International Olympic Committee since it ensured Ramzi went through all the necessary doping tests before the games and they were all negative," the national committee said in a statement.


The Italian Olympic Committee said in a statement that it suspended Rebellin, and anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri has opened an investigation following the retesting of samples taken at the Olympics. Torri also called Rebellin to a hearing on Monday.
In an interview with an Italian daily, Rebellin rejected the doping accusations, saying the result was "certainly a mistake."
The 37-year-old Rebellin won silver in the Olympic road race in Beijing. Last week, he won the Walloon Arrow cycling classic in Belgium for the third time.


The German federation said it has passed on the documents of a positive retest to Schumacher and that it was up to the rider to decide whether to demand the opening of the "B" sample.


Schumacher won two individual time trial stages at the Tour de France last July and wore the yellow jersey for two days as race leader.
Schumacher already had been banned for two years by the International Cycling Union after French authorities announced he had failed a newly developed test for CERA in blood samples taken before and during the Tour de France.


Schumacher, 27, has denied doping but was dropped by his new team, Quick Step, before the 2009 season. His old team, Gerolsteiner, has been dissolved.

Eurosport:

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/29042009/58/rebellin-failed-olympic-drug-test.html

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/29042009/58/beijing-2008-schumacher-tests-positive.html
 

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DIRT BOY said:
"The Bahrain Olympic Committee apologizes for receiving such news from the International Olympic Committee since it ensured Ramzi went through all the necessary doping tests before the games and they were all negative," the national committee said in a statement.
I guess one can say that he's "the most tested athlete" ..... in Bahrain! :D
 
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