A vocal anti-doping supporter for several years, Radcliffe credits the way she was brought up for her strong stance on doping. â€œI was brought up to stand up for what I believed in, and then it became an integral part of me. I cannot be my best if I am not being true to myselfâ€ she says.
At times, actions speak louder than words; which explains why Radcliffe took to wearing a red ribbon during competitions as a way to show her support for blood testing and ensuring progression in anti-doping. At the time, she says, there was very little support from her fellow athletes, and few wanted to be outspoken about doping issues. However, she says, â€œyou can see the climate of how things have changed now.â€
Despite the events of the last few years, Radcliffe maintains that she would still encourage young athletes wanting to get into track and field today: â€œI have a lot of faith that the athletesâ€™ voice is now being listened to like never beforeâ€ she says â€œacross all things, not just anti-doping.â€