Ramzi remains hopeful

06.10.2009 World

Double world champion 2005 Rashid Ramzi claimed he is encouraged by the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to wait until December before announcing whether he will be stripped of the gold medal he won in the 1500 metres at the Games in Beijing last year because of doping.

Informs The Bahrain runner, and four other athletes tested positive for the blood booster CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator), the latest generation of Erythropoietin (EPO). Maurice Suh, the Los Angeles-based lawyer representing Ramzi, claims that it is good news for his client that no decision has been announced even though his hearing was held in Lausanne on July 27. At the time, Ramzi was told to expect a ruling within six weeks. The IOC can strip Ramzi of his results and his Olympic gold medal, and could ban him from the 2012 London Olympics.

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