Doping-Dominican women's weightlifter Contreras tests positive

NEW YORK, April 30 Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:39pm EDT

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NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) - Women's weightlifter Yudelquis Contreras of the Dominican Republic has tested positive for the banned blood booster CERA, the Dominican Today newspaper said on Thursday.

Dominican Today said the positive test had been confirmed by the Dominican Olympic Committee and the Dominican Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday.

Contreras is the sixth and final athlete to test positive for CERA after the International Olympic Committee re-tested samples taken at last year's Beijing Olympics.

The weightlifter, who finished fifth in the 53 kgs category, faces a two-year ban.

Bahrain's Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Rashid Ramzi and Italian cycling road race silver medallist Davide Rebellin were among the six to test positive for the new generation of EPO.

The athletes can ask to have their B samples tested in their presence. If the B samples are positive the athletes face two-year suspensions, if they are first time offenders, and possible life bans if they have been caught cheating before.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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