Kenyan running champion banned 2 years for doping

NAIROBI – Kenya's world marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has been banned from competing after failing a drug test, an official said Friday.

"The Athletics Kenya Commission verdict after a hearing on the Jeptoo case is that she will receive a two-year ban for using banned substances," commission official Isaac Kamande told The Anadolu Agency.

On Thursday, Jeptoo, 33, was called before the anti-doping commission at Riyadha House, the headquarters of Athletics Kenya, the country's main athletics body.

She failed a drug test last September, testing positive for the banned drug EPO, which is categorized as a blood booster.  

It was not immediately clear whether the anti-doping commission would divest Jeptoo of her past titles and prize money from previous competitions.

Jeptoo won the Boston Marathon in 2006, 2013 and 2014, and won the Chicago Marathon twice.

The runner, who has denied doping in the past, may seek an appeal at Kenya's Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Jeptoo is the highest-profile Kenyan athlete to have been banned from competing for doping.

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