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Bahrain's Ramzi 'stripped of gold medal' - report

Olympic runner, Rashid Ramzi, reported to have lost medal after positive dope test.

Bahrain's Ramzi 'stripped of gold medal' - report
MEDAL DOUBT: Rashid Ramzi won Bahrains first Olympic gold medal in Beijing. (AFP)

Bahrain’s 1,500m Olympic champion Rashid Ramzi has been stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for doping, it was reported on Wednesday.

The runner is one of five athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics who tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood booster EPO, in April.

According a report by The Associated Press, citing two unnamed officials who have knowledge of the decision said Ramzi has been stripped of his medal.

As a result of the move, Kenyan Asbel Kipruto Kiprop could be upgraded from silver to gold. Nicolas Willis of New Zealand could go from bronze to silver, and Mehdi Baala of France would get the bronze.

Ramzi won Bahrain its first ever medal in six Olympic games dating back to Los Angeles in 1984 when he came first in the men’s 1,500m race in Beijing in August.

"I didn't believe in my wildest dreams that I'd be Olympic champion. But the dream didn't come from nothing. I had to work hard to achieve it,” Ramzi said at the time.

He could also now face a two-year ban from the International Association of Athletics Federations. Under International Olympic Committee rules, he also is banned from the 2012 London Olympics, AP reported.

On Tuesday, Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin was stripped of his silver medal in the Beijing road race for testing positive for CERA.

He appeared before the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) disciplinary commission in July alongside Stephan Schumacher, Croatian 800m runner Vanja Perisic and Greek race walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka.

AP said an official announcement on all five athletes was expected later Wednesday from the International Olympic Committee.

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