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Jepkosgei Issues Statement In Response To Fancy Bears Doping Report

Osaka 2007 World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei has become the latest elite athlete to be linked with doping in hacked documents released by the Fancy Bears.

Hackers Fancy Bears recently published documents that state the biological passport of Jepkosgei was suspicious and further data is required. Jepkosgei expressed her shock and disappointment in a press release.

The Kenyan middle distance runner and former world champion said the report has already damaged her image and reputation. Busienei urged the world governing body of athletics, the IAAF, to clear up the issue even despite the IAAF issuing an apology to affected athletes.

Jepkosgei, the Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 800m, said this news has deeply saddened and disappointed me as an elite athlete who dedicated her whole career to compete clean and fair. Jepkosgei added he must say unfortunately, in the light of the latest Fancy Bears report, whose authenticity can only be confirmed by the relevant authorities, that this has already done a huge damage to her reputation and image which she built through hard work, dedication, and commitment. She also commented that she would do everything possible and within my means to ensure that they (IAAF), an institution that she highly respects and abides by their rules eventually clear up this situation although IAAF has issued a statement highlighting that there was no violation of the anti-doping rules.

Referred as ‘Eldoret Express’, Jepkosgei emphasized that she has never cheated or violated the World Anti-Doping rules, following the release of hacked documents that appear to show her test results once caused suspicion. Jepkosgei remarked she has never violated the rules by taking any prohibited substances or engaged in methods that are against the set regulations in her 15 years as an athlete. The Osaka 2007 World Champion also said that she is a strong believer of clean sport and she had practiced that her entire career and that is why she does not condone cheating and anyone found breaking or bending the rules deserves to be punished.

The former world champion also commented that she is aware that this story might have generated doubt among her fellow competitors who over the years she enjoyed to compete with and added but she can assure everybody that whatever she had achieved in her career was achieved in respect of fair and clean way. The 2009 and 2011 world silver medalist concluded in her statement that she hopes this gets cleared up so that she can maintain and not lose the trust she had built over time. Jepkosgei also said protecting her name, her image, and her entire career which has been defined by transparency is her first priority and she will not let it to be destroyed.

The comments of Jepkosgei come a day after world champions Asbel Kiprop (1500m) and Javelin African record holder Julius Yego took to social media to slam the report. Yego, the Rio Olympics silver medalist, remarked he would make his blood profile and urine sample data public.

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