Disgraced Rashid Ramzi set to race again

20:02, May 22 2011
Rashid Ramzi
MOMENT IN TIME: Disgraced runner Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain celebrates crossing the line first in the 2008 Olympic 1500m final. New Zealand's Nick Willis finished third and was later promoted to second.

The Bahrain Athletics Association says disgraced Olympic 1500-meter runner Rashid Ramzi has finished serving a two-year ban for doping and could run for the national team again.

The Moroccan-born Ramzi was among five athletes who tested positive in April 2008 in retroactive tests for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-boosting drug EPO. He was stripped by the International Olympic Committee of the 1500 gold medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - an outcome that saw New Zealand runner Nick Willis' bronze medal upgraded to silver.

Ramzi was banned in January 2010 with the Bahrain association backdating his ban to May 2009.

Saud al-Ghenaim, a Bahrain association board member, said Sunday that Ramzi is training in Morocco and will get the chance to compete for a place at the Aug. 27-Sept. 4 world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Ramzi had given Bahrain its first Olympic track-and-field gold medal by winning the 1,500. Asbel Kipruto Kiprop of Kenya was upgraded from silver to gold.

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