Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has praised the decision of London Marathon organisers to take a much stricter approach to anti-doping punishments to anyone found to have taken a banned substance.
World Marathon Majors, organisers of the Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons as well as London, have now taken the decision to suspend or claim back payments made to athletes that are found guilty of doping.
Radcliffe declared this a positive step in the right direction and claimed she would like to see all major events follow this lead, stating: “The cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport.”
The Great Britain star has won a total of seven marathons in her career and set the world record in London ten years ago in a time of two hours 15:25 minutes, however, she got the news last October that her funding had been cut by UK Athletics.
Despite this, Radcliffe stated her intention in December to continue competing and is now delighted that drug cheats will be forced to pay back their money, as it is a stepping stone to having a level playing field.
“Having to pay back all money won while cheating is common sense and a logical element that has been missing for a long time. It is clear that any monies won while cheating are tantamount to fraud and should be returned,” she commented.
Every year the London Marathon brings thousands of people to the city to cheer on their favourite athletes or family members that are taking part in the event.
It will be no different this time around and with the event taking place on April 21st, people have a short time to book stays in one of the many luxury hotels in London.