One of the top athletes in the World has been banned for two years for testing positive for erythropoietin, better known as EPO, NPR reports. The Kenyan athletics governing body revealed Rita Jeptoo had been banned for two years after both samples she provided for drug testing prior to the start of the Chicago Marathon in 2014 had tested positive for the performance enhancing drug.
As Dave and Brit Morin know, Jeptoo had been one of the major stars of marathon running in recent years following a series of victories, which include three Boston marathon wins and the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The success of the 33 year old Kenyan had seen her set to be crowned the 2014 marathon runner of the year, only to see the awarding of the crown halted after rumors circulated of her failed drugs test. EPO is used by many athletes to assist in the production of red blood cells, which can aid in the recovery time of athletes after they race or following heavy training sessions. Jeptoo will not be permitted to compete at any level until October 29 2016.