The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to double a two-year ban for doping imposed on Rita Jeptoo, the Boston and Chicago Marathon winner.
This announcement was made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that also added that Jeptoo has filed an appeal seeking to overturn her ban by Athletics Kenya. In a statement, CAS said the IAAF wants a four-year ban "due to aggravating circumstances." The Court of Arbitration for Sport also said that no timetable is set for the interim ruling or full hearing.
In recent years, Jeptoo, who has three Boston Marathon titles, is the highest profile name among many Kenyan athletes who failed drug tests. Rita Jeptoo tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance in an out-of-competition test in late September just a few weeks before she won for the second straight year in the Windy City. The Kenyan athlete was all set to be awarded with the $500,000 first prize for winning the yearlong series.
After news of her positive test came out, the World Marathon Majors said in a statement that World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules.
The statement also said World Marathon Majors has been at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport and has a rule that no athlete who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules can win the World Marathon Majors Series title. It was also remarked that WMM events were the first major events to confirm that all elite athletes taking part in their events would be blood tested and have consistently called for wider testing by others and additionally, WWM has previously agreed that any athlete found guilty of a doping offense will not be invited back to its races.
It went on to say that as part of that fight against doping, WMM has been giving support and financial help to the IAAF anti doping drive and helped fund a wider program of out of competition testing. The WMM statement also said at present there has been no decision in this case by the IAAF, including in relation to sanctions, and as a result WMM is unable to comment further until that determination has been made although in the circumstances it has been decided to postpone the WMM Awards Ceremony that was due to take place on November 2, 2014.
After the positive test news broke out, Jeptoo’s estranged husband, Noah Busienei, had remarked he believes his wife began doping in 2011 when she was making her post-maternity comeback. In a statement, the Boston Athletic Association had remarked it will now evaluate the effect of the results of the Athletics Kenya hearing and penalty on Jeptoo’s results at the Boston Marathon. A similar statement was issued by the Chicago Marathon that said the Chicago Marathon will await the completion of the process by the IAAF and any appeal by Jeptoo before addressing the athlete’s standing with the event.