One of the worlds best female Marathon runners Rita Jeptoo has failed an out-of-competition drugs test.
The 33-year-old Kenyan’s failed test highlights once more the country’s struggles with doping.
According to a recent Anti-Doping Task Force report as many as 32 athletes have tested positive for banned substances over the past three years.
Jeptoo has won the Boston and Chicago marathons for the past two years and as a result captured the women’s World Marathon Majors title.
She was to supposed to fly to New York to be awarded the $500,000 prize for winning the series crown.
The awards ceremony, which was to take place on Sunday at the conclusion of the New York City Marathon, has now been postponed.
Jeptoo – who has won the Boston event three times in total – returned a positive test on her A sample in September.
Results from her B sample will now be tested and must come back positive for her to be found guilty of a doping violation.