Jeptoo meets AK to discuss doping charges
04 November 2014, 16:06
Nairobi - Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo met with the Athletics Kenya (AK) Anti-Doping Commission on Tuesday to discuss the way forward following her shock positive doping test.
The AK confirmed on Friday that Jeptoo's 'A' sample, taken in a out-of-competition test in Kenya in September, tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO, which can massively increase endurance.
Jeptoo, a three-times winner of the Boston marathon and a two-time champion in Chicago, is seen as currently the world's best female marathoner and is the biggest name in Kenyan athletics ever to have been tested positive. Her 'B' sample has yet to be tested.
A top AK official said they would go through the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) report with Jeptoo, 33, and discuss with her whether or not she would accept or challenge the result.
The revelation has been met with shock and disbelief in the athletics-loving nation, where AK bosses have been accused of failing to address allegations of widespread availability and usage of performance-enhancing drugs.