In Summary
  • Athletics coach Claudio Berardelli has been cleared over charges of administering a banned performance-enhancing drug to former Boston and Chicago marathon champion Rita Jeptoo.
  • Berardelli was acquitted alongside local coach Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat and a medic, Dr Stephen Kiplangat Tanui by Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot on Thursday.
  • The three had denied that they conspired to destroy the profession of Jeptoo, who is serving a four-year ban, for testing positive for banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO).

Athletics coach Claudio Berardelli has been cleared over charges of administering a banned performance-enhancing drug to former Boston and Chicago marathon champion Rita Jeptoo.

Berardelli was acquitted alongside local coach Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat and a medic, Dr Stephen Kiplangat Tanui by Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot on Thursday.

The three had denied that they conspired to destroy the profession of Jeptoo, who is serving a four-year ban, for testing positive for banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO).

In his ruling, Cheruiyot said, “The prosecution failed to avail evidence to show how Berardelli, Kiplangat and Dr Tanui conspired to administer the prohibited drug EPO on Jeptoo.

“After analysing all the evidence from the 12 witnesses called by the prosecution I do not even find any iota of evidence to link Berardelli, Kiplangat and Dr Tanui with Jeptoo’s predicament,” ruled Mr Cheruiyot.

The magistrate freed Berardelli and Kiplangat but ruled that Dr Tanui will have a case to answer for operating a Chemist in Kapsabet Town without a license. He will defend himself on November 10, 2017.

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