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Bodybuilders Stripped of Medals

August 28, 1999

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Six bodybuilders were stripped of their medals at the Arab Games on Saturday after testing positive for muscle-building steroids.

Substances that showed up in the tests were Nandrolone, Metenolone, Stanozolol and testasterone, according to Reda Kazem, head of the Arab Games Doping Committee.

Some of the bodybuilders tested positive for more than one steroid, he said.

This is the first time that bodybuilding was included in the games.

The drug-control committee targeted bodybuilders because the Arab Union of Bodybuilders, preparing for the Sydney Olympics, wanted to show that its competitors were clean, Kazem said.

Losing their gold medals were Iraq’s Asad Jaafar and Zahi Ammar of Algeria. Egyptian Ahmad el-Sayed and Lebanon’s Yousef al-Zein lost their silver medals.

Jordan’s Bilal Abu Rajuh and Lebanese Mahmood Shukair had to give back bronze medals.

Kazem said four athletes tested positive for Nandrolone, which has shown up in a rash of tests in recent months in other sports.

Drug testing was introduced in the Arab Games for the first time in 1997 when the event was held in Beirut, Lebanon. Twelve athletes tested positive for banned substances during those games.

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