Past Arab athletes who have been caught doping

Athletes are at times under pressure during competitions, especially when representing their countries on the biggest athletic stages, the Olympics. (Reuters)

Athletes are at times under pressure during competitions, especially when representing their countries on the biggest athletic stages, the Olympics. Some of these athlete’s crack under pressure and rely on performance enhancing substances to ensure they win and succeed on the world stage. These athletes are almost always caught through drug and doping tests.

Here is a list of past Arab athletes who have been caught using such drugs during their careers:

Ali Saidi-Sief

Ali Saidi-Sief of Algeria crosse the finish line to win the 1500m race at the Lausanne Grand Prix athletics meeting in Lausanne July 4, 2001. Sief won the race in a time of three minutes 29.51 seconds. (Reuters)

Ali Saidi-Sief of Algeria crosse the finish line to win the 1500m race at the Lausanne Grand Prix athletics meeting in Lausanne July 4, 2001. Sief won the race in a time of three minutes 29.51 seconds. (Reuters)

Ali Saidi-Sief is an Algerian Olympic runner who was banned for two years following a failed urine test at the 2001 Edmonton, Canada World Championship in Athletics, with the result showing positive for nandrolone. Saidi-Sief had won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics the year before in the 5000m race.

Karam Gaber

Egypt's Karam Gaber Ebrahim reacts after defeating Poland's Damian Janikowski on the semifinals of the Men's 84120 Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. (Reuters)

Egypt's Karam Gaber Ebrahim reacts after defeating Poland's Damian Janikowski on the semifinals of the Men's 84120 Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. (Reuters)

Egyptian wrestling Olympian Karam Gaber was banned for two years after violating to fulfill the requirements for drug testing in August 2015. Gaber, a two-time Olympic medalist, was subsequently barred from participating in this year’s Rio Olympics.

Oussama Mellouli

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli poses with his gold medal after the men's 10km marathon swimming at Hyde Park during the London Olympic Games August 10, 2012. (Reuters)

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli poses with his gold medal after the men's 10km marathon swimming at Hyde Park during the London Olympic Games August 10, 2012. (Reuters)

Oussama Mellouli, a Tunisian Olympic swimmer, was the first African male swimmer to ever win a gold medal at Olympics in an individual swimming event after he bagged the 1500m race in the Beijing Summer Games. Mellouli tested positive for amphetamines in 2006 after taking the drug Adderall, a medication used for people diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. He pleaded that he had used the drug in order to help him write a term paper in the days before the US Open meet. The committee however still placed the ban on the Tunisian.

Yousef Ahmed Masrahi

Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia competes in the men's 400m event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015. REUTERS

Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia competes in the men's 400m event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015. REUTERS

Saudi Olympic sprinter Yousef Ahmed Masrahi was banned from competing in this years’ Summer Olympics after a failed drug test came in on Sunday. Masrahi had won gold at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

Brahim Boulami

Morocco's Boulami celebrates winning men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the XV Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005 in Almeria. Morocco's Brahim Boulami celebrates winning men's 3000 metres steeplechase final at the XV Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005, southern Spain, July 1, 2005. Boulami won the gold medal with Spain's Antonio Jimenez taking the silver and France's Gael Pencreach bronze. (Reuters)

Morocco's Boulami celebrates winning men's 3000 metres steeplechase at the XV Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005 in Almeria. Morocco's Brahim Boulami celebrates winning men's 3000 metres steeplechase final at the XV Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005, southern Spain, July 1, 2005. Boulami won the gold medal with Spain's Antonio Jimenez taking the silver and France's Gael Pencreach bronze. (Reuters)

Moroccan born Brahim Boulami had set two world records in the 3,000m steeplechase event, where he finished at 7:55:28 and 7:53:17. The latter was overturned and canceled after it had come to knowledge that Boulami had taken performance enhancing drug EPO during the competition. His ban began on 2002 and lasted for two years.

Ridouane Harroufi

Moroccan marathon runner Ridouane Harroufi (www.primerahora.com)

Moroccan marathon runner Ridouane Harroufi (www.primerahora.com)

Moroccan long-distance runner Ridouane Harroufi had competed in several marathons across the world, from the IAAF World Cross Country Championships to the World Junior Championships in Athletics. In 2013, Harroufi was tested positive for EPO at the Los Angeles Marathon and was banned for two-years.

Asmae Leghzaoui

Asmae Leghzaoui is a middle-distance Olympian Moroccan runner who won gold at the 2001 Mediterranean Games during the 10,000m run.(middle-east-online)

Asmae Leghzaoui is a middle-distance Olympian Moroccan runner who won gold at the 2001 Mediterranean Games during the 10,000m run.(middle-east-online)

Asmae Leghzaoui is a middle-distance Olympian Moroccan runner. She won gold at the 2001 Mediterranean Games during the 10,000m run. In 2003, she failed a drug test after results returned positive for EPO and was consequently banned for two years. Leghzaoui, however, returned to the track after her ban, competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Rashid Ramzi

Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain holds the national flag after winning the men's 800 metres final at the world athletics championships in Helsinki August 14, 2005. (Reuters)

Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain holds the national flag after winning the men's 800 metres final at the world athletics championships in Helsinki August 14, 2005. (Reuters)

Moroccan-Bahraini sprinter Rashid Ramzi represented Bahrain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he won the gold medal for the 1500m sprint. It was later discovered that urine tests came back positive for doping drug CERA, which caused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to strip Ramzi of his medal. He was also banned for two years from the sport following the doping case.

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