Radcliffe's reputation 'damaged' ATHLETICS.
PAULA Radcliffe has accused the MPs whose debate embroiled her in doping allegations of causing lasting damage to her reputation.
Women's marathon world record holder Radcliffe suggested a parliamentary hearing into doping last year was "a set-up".
The 42-year-old was among those whose blood data was leaked to a German broadcaster in 2014 and three of her scores were flagged as "suspicious".
Radcliffe believed she was effectively named during a culture, media and sport select committee hearing in September, when London Marathon winners were discussed, and decided to go public by issuing a statement in which she categorically denied doping.
She has been cleared of being a drugs offender by athletics' world governing body the IAAF and UK Anti-Doping.
Radcliffe has accepted a partial apology from Jesse Norman, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee.
"Personally I do feel I would appreciate an apology," Radcliffe said. "He may not have intentionally meant to name me but if you ask him to name a winner or medallist of the London Marathon I don't think he could name any of the others in that period. It shouldn't have come down to that.
"It just smacks to me of a little bit of a set-up and an exercise for the MPs instead of an exercise to get to the truth and to determine is the UK huge, does it have a problem with blood doping in athletics."
Asked whether people would consider her a cheat in the wake of doping allegations in athletics, Radcliffe said: "That's the damage that has been done. No matter what I do now there will always be people out there who will believe that.''
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Jan 27, 2016|
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