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Beijing offenders to learn fate

Rashid Ramzi
Olympic 1500m champion Ramzi is among five Olympians facing bans

The five athletes who tested positive for doping after blood sample retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will learn their fate in December.

The five include Bahrain's 1500m gold medal winner Rashid Ramzi, plus Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin who won silver.

German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, Greek 20km walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka and Croatian 800m runner Vanja Perisic are the other Olympians to be found guilty.

All five tested positive for new blood-booster Cera, and face probable bans.

The International Olympic Committee has a scheduled executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, in December - and will announce its verdicts then.

The IOC has the power to find the athletes guilty, and strip them of medals.

But the cases would then be referred to the respective international federations of each sport, which are responsible for handing out bans.

606: DEBATE

The positive results came in April after the IOC retested 948 athletes' samples, focusing mainly on endurance events in cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics.

Nine other athletes tested positive during the Games as well as six horses in the equestrian events.

The IOC conducted the largest ever doping operation with about 5,000 blood and urine samples taken during the Beijing Games.



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