For years, Rashid Ramzi has been representing Bahrain in the Olympics while running the 800, 1500, and 5000 m races. He is a well known track and field athlete, though before his disqualification, he was widely supported. Before coming to Bahrain, Ramzi competed in games for Morocco, but in 2002 he joined the Bahraini army and gained his citizenship. Ramzi’s first win came at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan where he won gold in the 1500 m run. Three years later he won 2 gold medals in the 800 m and the 1500 m at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. This made him the first track and field star to be able to win 2 gold medals at the same competition. A year later he won silver at the same competition in Osaka. Ramzi’s career was continuing to grow and eventually he qualified to play in the Olympics.
Impurities are present in virtually every manufactured product, and in some cases, even though the product may be considered harmless, the impurity is not. Such was the case in the late 1980's when an epidemic of cases of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, including over 30 deaths, were blamed on a contaminant present in L-tryptophan (9), an amino acid supplement widely taken as a sleep aid. Creatine, and other such supplements, are not regulated by the FDA. No published investigation has been conducted on creatine to determine what impurities might be present in creatine supplements, and what their long term effect might be.