Beijing busts are better late than never
That, and the personal accolades involved, is the good news.
The bad news is that the Beijing Olympics finished over eight months ago and these adjustments to the medal tally only came about because two medal-winners have just been uncovered as drugs cheats.
These two were the biggest losers when the results of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) re-tests of 948 blood and urine samples taken in Beijing were announced on Tuesday.
Ramzi claimed 1500m gold in a thrilling display at the Bird's Nest. The Moroccan-born star waited patiently on the shoulder of Kenya's Asbel Kipruto Kiprop before powering home from 200m out to win in fine style and earn his adopted country its first ever Olympic medal.
Or so we thought.
It seems that finishing burst might have had something to do with the extra oxygen reaching his tiring muscles thanks to the banned drug Cera.
For those of you who prefer to take your sport without a chemistry degree allow me to explain, and don't panic, I've got an arts degree.
Cera, or Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator to its mother, is a newish version of synthetic EPO, the naturally-occurring hormone that regulates the production of red blood cells.
Intended for the treatment of anaemia and kidney problems, synthetic EPO is a temptation for endurance athletes because red blood cells carry oxygen around the body. They also play a part in the healing process.
Cera is a particular temptation because it lasts longer - and therefore doesn't need to be administered so often - than earlier versions of EPO. There was also a belief that it was undetectable. Ha!
Hopefully, Kiprop will receive his gold medal very soon. It won't be quite the same, though, as getting it on the podium in Beijing whilst his national anthem plays, the crowd applauds and the cameras beam his smiling face around the globe.
That's an experience you can't return in the post but Kiprop won't be the only one wondering about the moments Ramzi has stolen.
Whilst the 28-year-old's victory in Beijing was a slight turn-up for the books in terms of recent form, Ramzi had previous at major championships.
Three years before at the 2005 Worlds in Helsinki, Ramzi became the first man to complete the 800/1500m double at a major event since the great Sir Peter Snell did it at the 1964 Olympics. Ramzi would also claim a 1500m silver at the 2007 Worlds. Begs the question, doesn't it?
Rebellin, who claimed the silver medal in Beijing's road race, is another who has enjoyed a glittering career in his chosen field.
A relative lack of success in the Grand Tours means the 37-year-old might not be so well known to the general sports fan, but "Tintin" is a pretty big name in professional cycling.
That should be the last of his victories, though, as he too has been caught with his hand in the Cera jar.
As well as Ramzi and Rebellin, there were four others caught by the IOC's retrospective action: Dominican weightlifter Yudelquis Contreras, Croatian runner Vanja Perisic, German cyclist Stefan Schumacher and Athanasia Tsoumeleka, a walker from Greece.
He won two time trials during that race, and wore yellow for two days, but we can hopefully say we have now seen the last of him in a professional peloton.
Little is known or remembered of Contreras and Perisic, but Tsoumeleka won a gold medal at the 2004 Games in Athens.
I should at this stage point out that it is only the "A samples" of these six that have been tested. All can ask for their "B samples" - a smaller sample used for confirming positives - to be tested and all will no doubt make this request.
Off the top of my head I can only think of two occasions when a B sample has not supported the first analysis and that involved sprint superstar Marion Jones and Spanish cyclist Iban Mayo. Jones's luck would eventually run out and Mayo's reprieve was similarly temporary.
Mistakes can happen, though, and I will be the first to apologise for unfairly assuming the guilt of the "Cera Six". It is not, however, an apology I expect to make.
So what has this episode taught us about doping and elite sport? Is the amount of cheating up or down? Is this the end of Beijing story?
Those are three good questions and I don't know the answer to any of them.
What I can say is that the IOC performed more tests in Beijing than ever before at an Olympics, nearly 5,000 of them. These tests were also of a higher quality and better targeted.
The six fails this week takes the overall doper count for the Games to 15 (if you exclude the horses, who were up to all sorts of mischief).
Given that there were 10,000 competitors in Beijing, this doesn't sound like a catastrophe, although the sport of athletics, with seven doping cases, will know its integrity remains under serious threat.
But even the most optimistic IOC official will know this doesn't mean all the bad guys were caught.
It might mean, however, that a few more cheats have been found out than in the past. And more importantly, it might mean a few seeds of doubt have been planted in the minds of those tempted to cheat.
That is the real effect of retrospective testing. By keeping samples for eight years (although it should really be longer) the deterrent factor rises exponentially. Dopers might be ahead of the testers now but are they eight years in front?
We can all be cynical about the effectiveness of drugs testing and the chances of ever really cleaning sport up - we've been lied to too many times.
But I think the situation is improving and while the falls from grace of Ramzi and Rebellin lack the immediate drama of Ben Johnson's ignominy in 1988, they could have more resonance.
You might have fooled us once but don't count on fooling us forever.