Ramzi may run for Bahrain after serving doping ban

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The Bahrain Athletics Association says disgraced Olympic 1,500-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. The International Olympic Committee stripped him of the 1,500 gold medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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.