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Athletics - Two appeals filed in the case of Rita Jeptoo

21.04.2015 19:42 Age: 3 yrs

Lausanne, 21 April 2015 – Two appeals have been filed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision issued on 27 January 2015 by the Anti-Doping Commission of Athletics Kenya in the case of Kenyan marathon runner Ms Rita Jeptoo.

The Anti-Doping Commission of Athletics Kenya imposed a two-year period of ineligibility on Ms Jeptoo following an adverse analytical finding for recombinant EPO. In her appeal to the CAS, Ms Jeptoo requests that the challenged decision be set aside and that the two-year suspension be lifted. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) also filed an appeal, requesting that the athlete’s period of ineligibility be increased to 4 years, due to aggravating circumstances which it argues warrant an extended period of ineligibility. 

With her appeal, Ms Jeptoo filed an application to stay the execution of the challenged decision. Ms Jeptoo requests this stay in order to be able to resume training and to be able to participate in IAAF competitions during the CAS proceedings.

Both arbitration procedures are currently in progress and are being conducted in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration. The CAS will not give any further information at this time.