07/24/2012 02:05 EDT | Updated 09/23/2012 05:12 EDT

French Olympic steeplechase runner Nordine Gezzar's backup sample tests positive for EPO

PARIS - The French Athletics Federation has upheld the suspension of the Olympic steeplechase runner Nordine Gezzar after his backup sample tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO.

Gezzar has been ruled out of the Olympics last week after the federation said he had tested positive June 17 during the French elite championships. The 32-year-old runner finished fourth at the European championships in Helsinki that month.

Gezzar could be banned from the sport for life since this is her second doping offence. He served a two-year suspension after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid and a diuretic in 2006.

The FAA said in a statement Tuesday that a decision on the ban will be made at the next meeting of its disciplinary commission.

The London Olympics start on Friday.