NAIROBI - Athletics’ governing body has asked sport’s highest court to double Rita Jeptoo’s two-year doping ban.

But the Kenyan athlete has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking to overturn her punishment for failing a drugs test.

Jeptoo, 34, became Kenya’s first high-profile athlete to fail a test when she tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in September.

Athletics Kenya have suspended her from all competition until October 2016.

CAS has said the International Association of Athletics Federations  wants a four-year ban because of “aggravating circumstances”.

But Jeptoo, who says she may have been prescribed some banned substances at a local hospital after a road accident, is seeking a delay in the ban’s implementation and hopes to compete in August’s World Championships.

Meanwhile, Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Mwangi said Kenya “followed due process” in suspending Jeptoo, the winner of Chicago and Boston marathons, for two years for doping.

Mwangi added that AK doesn’t have a position on IAAF’s appeal to double Jeptoo’s ban.

The IAAF wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport to hand Jeptoo a harsher punishment due to “aggravating circumstances which it argues warrant an extended period of ineligibility.”

Jeptoo failed an out-of-competition test in September for the blood-booster EPO although she denies doping and has appealed to CAS, sport’s highest court, for the suspension to be lifted.

Jeptoo, 34, won back-to-back Boston and Chicago titles in 2013 and 2014 — as well as Boston in 2006 — to top the two-year World Marathon Majors series standings last year.

Jeptoo’s case has focused attention on Kenyan athletes who are among the world’s best middle and long distance runners but have failed a number of drug tests, with the sports minister saying the rise in doping had “embarrassed” the country.

At least 36 Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past two years. Kenyan government officials have blamed the growing doping cases on foreign agents and AK’s failure to properly educate its athletes.

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