International Olympic Committee took fifteen months to make final decision.
The 2008 Olympic 1500m gold medalist, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, has officially been stripped of his title by the International Olympic Committee. Following his victory in Beijing, the former Moroccan citizen tested positive for a drug called CERA. The drug is a high powered blood doping agent, which will increase the red blood cell count in the athlete to levels deemed illegal by the World Doping Agency.
Ramzi was one of five athletes that tested positive for CERA at the Beijing games. Other athletes that were officially disqualified include Itallian cyclist Davide Rebellin, German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, Croatian 800-meter runner Vanja Perisic and Greek race walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka. Rebellin was the only other athlete who earned, and will be stripped of, a medal, after his second place finish in the road race discipline of cycling.
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