The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has continued its more hard line attitude to doping by filing a request for Rita Jeptoo’s ban to be doubled to four years. This move comes shortly after the IAAF revised its testing laws, which means that elite athletes will be subject to the testing as early as this summer.
In February this year, Jeptoo, three-time Boston marathon winner, was handed a two-year doping ban after testing positive for the blood-booster EPO. Jeptoo had been due to pick up the World Marathon Majors title - and the accompanying cheque of $500,000 - yet the awards ceremony was cancelled in light of the positive test.
On Tuesday, there was confirmation that the IAAF had submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The IAAF feels that the Kenyan marathon runner’s ban should be increased on the grounds of ‘aggravating circumstances.’
In a further twist to proceedings, however, Jeptoo has also submitted a counter appeal to the CAS to challenge the decision and seek for the two-year suspension to be lifted.
A statement read: “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.”