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Steeplechaser Faces Possible Ban

September 13, 2002

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PARIS (AP) _ Brahim Boulami, the steeplechase world record holder, faces a possible ban of at least two years after his positive doping test was confirmed by a second sample.

Nick Davies, an International Amateur Athletics Federation spokesman, told The Associated Press on Friday that Boulami’s ``B sample tested positive for EPO,″ a banned endurance-booster.

Boulami, who has denied taking banned substances, will face a hearing before Morocco’s governing body. If found guilty by his home country, Boulami is expected to receive a minimum two-year ban.

Tests were carried out on blood and urine taken from Boulami on the eve of the Aug. 17 Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland, where he slashed more than two seconds off his world record time in the 3,000 steeplechase.

That record will be scratched if Boulami is suspended, although his previous world record, set in 2001, will stand.

The IAAF, world track’s governing body, announced on Aug. 29 that Boulami’s first sample tested positive for EPO. It said then that Boulami wouldn’t be considered to have committed a doping offense unless his second urine sample confirmed the first positive test.

``I have not taken and never will take EPO or any other banned substance,″ Boulami said then.

He hasn’t competed since.

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