Daily Dispatch

Kenya race cheat set for her big return


KENYAN marathon runner Rita Jeptoo says she hopes to return soon to elite distance running after her twoyear doping ban ends at the end this month.

The 35-year-old three-time Boston marathon winner tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO, in an out of competitio­n test in September 2014, and was given a two-year sanction by Athletics Kenya.

But her return depends on the outcome of her appeal to the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport (Cas), which is set to rule on her case on October 26, after the IAAF requested that the ban be doubled to four years.

“I have returned to serious training with the hope that I will return,” Jeptoo told reporters.

Jeptoo decided to launch her own appeal with the sport’s highest court after her lawyer withdrew from the case in July.

Athletics Kenya also opted out despite having previously announced its attendance in the arbitratio­n appeal hearing in Lausanne, Switzerlan­d.

Following her ban, Jeptoo’s result as the winner of the 2014 Chicago marathon was disqualifi­ed, and she is also likely to forfeit the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors (WMM) title to fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat. — AFP

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