and had her ban extended for 2 additional years.
"Jeptoo had initially been handed the minimum two-year suspension by Athletics Kenya (AK), which was due to finish at the end of October, but CAS said it had upheld the IAAFâ€™s appeal to impose a four-year ban due to â€œaggravating circumstancesâ€ surrounding Jeptooâ€™s continued relationship with a doctor said to have injected her with the banned substance.
â€œIn coming to its decision, the panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that the athlete used rEPO over a period of time to enhance performance. The undisputed source of the rEPO found in her sample of 25 September 2014 was an injection given to her by a doctor. The athlete provided various differing accounts of the circumstances leading up to the injection and also regarding her relationship with that doctor,â€ read the CAS verdict.
â€œThe panel is comfortably satisfied that there are aggravating circumstances in the case at hand as it was obvious to the panel that the athlete used rEPO as part of a scheme or plan. The evidence for this includes inter alia her long relationship with the doctor in question, her multiple visits to see him, that her rEPO use was consistent with her competition calendar, that she hid the visits to the doctor in question from her manager and coach, as well as her deceptive and obstructive conduct throughout the proceedings. Weighing all the evidence, the panel is comfortably satisfied that the circumstances warrant a period of ineligibility of four years.â€