Doping is bad…it gets you into so much trouble!!!
Disgraced Kenyan female marathon star Rita Jeptoo will have her hearing before the Athletics Kenya (AK) Medical and Anti-Doping Commission following her high-profile EPO drug bust on January 15, the federation announced on Wednesday.
Also summoned to appear before the Commission include her Rosa Associati boss and Athlete Representative, Federico Rosa, Italian coach Claudio Berardelli and local tactician Noah Busiendich who was her one-time partner.
The Kenyan Government will be represented by their chosen official from the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts.
Jeptoo, winner of the women races of the last two editions of the Boston and Chicago marathons, is expected to state her case before the authorities before they decide on her sanctions that will be communicated to world athletics body IAAF.
It follows another personal hearing in November in the aftermath of her A-Sample testing positive for a blood booster in September.
A B-sample test conducted in Lausanne at a World Anti-Doping Agency lab confirmed the positive test, paving way for action to be taken against the now proven drug cheat.
“We are hoping the hearing will shed light on who is behind this doping scam and Jeptoo will hopefully tell us what happened,” AK president Isaiah Kiplagat said.
“Also requested to attend the hearing is Mr Federico Rosa, who is the manager of Rita Jeptoo. Athletics Kenya has also invited a government representative through the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts to attend the hearing,” a statement from the federation announcing the hearing read.
The revelation cast serious doubt on her country’s long-standing long-distance running heritage.
A standard two-year ban is expected to be slapped on Jeptoo who first tasted WMM victory at the 2006 Boston race before injuries and a maternal break saw her enjoy lean years until the 2013 edition of the same race.
Wishing her all the best.