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Kenya awaits news of Rita Jeptoo doping claims

31 October 2014, 16:08

Nairobi - Athletics Kenya (AK) will only comment on reports that Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo failed a drug test if the IAAF or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) send them an official notification.

The 33-year-old Jeptoo successfully defended her Chicago crown on October 12 to secure the $500, 000 jackpot for clinching the World Marathon Majors.

According to RunBlogRun.com, Jeptoo's failed an out of competition test administered in September, but the results from her B-sample was still outstanding.

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"We will only speak about the matter when we receive notification from IAAF or WADA. I have seen the online report but we do not want to pre-empt anything since of the seriousness of the matter," AK president Isaiah Kiplagat told SuperSport on Friday. 

"She could have come here for other things because as far as I know, she was to travel for the (WMM) awards ceremony in New York." 

According to a recently published Government report, 32 Kenyan athletes have tested positive with 17 cases occurring in 2012 and 2013 - the biggest spike in the country's history.

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