After the acquittal of the Italian Coach Claudio Berardelli over allegations of administering a banned performance-enhancing drug to former Boston and Chicago marathon champion Rita Jeptoo.
Kenyan athletes both local and Elite have come out strongly to demand that she names the person responsible or the clinic that administered the banned prohibited drug.
Sitting at Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot acquitted Berardelli an Italian national alongside local coach Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat and a medic, Dr Stephen Kiplangat Tanui on Thursday.
In his ruling, Cheruiyot said, the prosecution failed to prove how Berardelli, Kiplangat and Dr Tanui conspired to administer the prohibited drug EPO on Jeptoo.
“After carefully analyzing all the evidence adduced by the 12 prosecution witnesses, 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.
Elite athletes led by three time world 1500m Champion Asbel Kiprop, Amos Kipruto, the 2017 Seoul Marathon winner and Marius Kipserem the 2016 Amsterdam Marathon also the 2016 Paris Marathon winner Cyprian Kotut laid it bear and demanded that Rita talks because many have gone through hell after court trial of Berardelli.
There are those who supported and those who disagreed, some of the comments from the social media facebook;
Asbel Kiprop Thanks to God. I pray he reveals the real culprits that frustrated majority of clean athletes under Rosa management in both Kapsabet & Eldoret. Those doctors caused frustration to clean coach athletes & management.
Asbel Kiprop Amos Kipruto yes really; because I have run under Rosa since 2008. I have resulted to 3times world champion, three times Diamond winner & 3rd fastest 1500m ever running clean without any drugs or supplements.
Raymond Komen We don’t really have to say anything now but who is to blame now,let everyone carry his own cross and a strong warning has been sent to our athletes ,it will be at your own peril if you are lured or become ignorant in discipline and clean sport .For the coach it is high time to probe your innocents and walk the talk by co-operating with Wada and coming to the ground to propel clean sport in your stable.To God be to glory .
Marius Kipserem God is good always, jealousy always destroys lives. Thank you Claudio
Koech Okech They need to be jailed and their properties sold so they can take us to the clinics and doctors who injected them. Blaming coaches and managers is BULLSHIT
Rudyad Kipling So who is culpable. ? Someone was banned. Then here no one is found to have injected the banned substances to athlete, what if an athlete is jailed for more than six yrs? I think this will be the only option remaining
Cyprian Kotut The banned athlete is the one to loose everything,but someone who doped her looses nothing….how can you be silent when someone is destroying you…unless you were together in that enterprise.
Chemiron Rutto Only athlete and doctor know the truth….Cheating athletes shoul put behind bars even after Suspention .
Joseph Lennon So, who then is responsible? Someone is guarding a secret.
Lungi Rashied Bikwani Now she is left to deal with it alone