Paula Radcliffe has categorically denied cheating in any way after insisting she had been implicated in doping.
The marathon world record holder felt that questions raised during a parliamentary select committee “effectively implicated” her in the Sunday Times’ recent investigations into blood doping in Athletics.
Despite not specifically naming Radcliffe – or, in fact anyone – Jesse Norman MP suggested winners and medallists at the London Marathon and “potentially British athletes” were under suspicion.
Radcliffe said she had the “greatest respect” for people “responsibly trying to uncover cheating”, but added she was “profoundly disappointed that the cloak of parliamentary privilege” had been used to tarnish her reputation, without recourse.
In her statement issued earlier this afternoon, she goes on to say:
I have campaigned long and hard throughout my career for a clean sport. I have publicly condemned cheats and those who aid them. These accusations threaten to undermine all I have stood and competed for, as well as my hard-earned reputation.
By linking me to allegations of cheating, damage done to my name and reputation can never be fully repaired, no matter how untrue I know them to be.
The parliamentary inquiry into doping in athletics was launched after Dr Michael Ashenden helped produce a controversial analysis which suggested the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had ignored hundreds of suspicious blood tests.