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AK sets Jeptoo’s hearing January 15.



NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7 – Athletics Kenya Medical and Anti-doping Commission will conduct the hearing case of Rita Jeptoo January 15 at Riadha House.

The Medical Commission has also summoned coaches Claudio Berardelli and Noah Busienei as well as her manager Federico Rosa.

The government will be representated by the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts.

Jeptoo, winner of the last two consecutive Boston and Chicago marathons, will attend a disciplinary hearing next week as part of deliberations on what punishment she should face for taking the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.

“We are hoping the hearing will shed light on who is behind this doping scam, and Jeptoo should be able to spill the beans.

“We are in the process of forming the anti-doping commission to hear Jeptoo’s case. Since this is a delicate matter, which could decide the fate of the athlete and the country’s future, we will allow Jeptoo, her agent and even her own relatives to appear before the panel,” Athletics Kenya (AK) president Isaiah Kiplagat told AFP.

Jeptoo’s shocking drug bust was revealed days before she left for New York to accept her equal share of the USD 1m World Marathon Majors jackpot after she successfully held on to her Chicago crown following a repeat triumph in Boston in April.

The 33-year-old is expected to face a two-year ban and be stripped of her recent titles.

She tested positive for EPO, which can massively increase endurance, in an out-of-competition test in Kenya last September.

A test of her “B” sample, conducted at the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Lausanne in December, confirmed the presence of the drug.

“Jeptoo is the highest-profile of the Kenyan athletes to have tested positive for the banned drugs which should send a big alarm to us,” the AK boss said.

Kiplagat threatened to summon and deregister agents who will be found to have the highest number of athletes who have breached the doping rules.