Rita Jeptoo (Boston Marathon winner) reportedly tests positive for doping

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RunBlogRun has reported in an exclusive story that at the end of September 2014, Rita Jeptoo tested positive for doping in an out of competition urine sample testing conducted in Kenya.

Since the news broke, the World Marathon Majors series has postponed it’s Sunday awards ceremony. The series has a rule that no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules. WWM also says any athlete found guilty of a doping offense will not be invited back to its races.

“World Marathon Majors is disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules,” the organization posted on its website.

Boston Athletic Association executive director Thomas Grilk said Jeptoo passed her drug tests for year’s Boston Marathon where she won and set a course record with her time of 2:18:57.

“Top finishers at Boston are tested through the procedures established by and are conducted under the auspices of the IAAF. The athlete was tested at Boston, and the IAAF informed us that all tests from this year’s Boston Marathon were negative,” Grilk told the Boston Globe..

“We will await the issuance of an official statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) before further addressing the matter,” BAA said in a statement.

Nick Bitel General Counsel of WMM said on the organizations website” “WMM has always held a stern line on drugs cheats and has been proactively supporting the sports governing bodies to ensure the integrity of the athletes competing in their races. Cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and that they will be caught.”

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