It’s not unusual for carpet cleaning in Perth or anywhere else to find objects of questionable nature in their line of work, but when that something leads to major scandal for the world, one that can destroy the careers of the people implicated, then it’s definitely worth noting.
When the worker who took the job on the Gold Coast Games, coming from carpet cleaning in Perth or anywhere else in the country, they probably weren’t expecting to find something that could cause an international incident, and get the Commonwealth Games Foundation issuing an ultimatum. The statement, made after a cleaner discovered needles on the Gold Coast Games grounds, says that any athlete proven to be under the effect of performance enhancing drugs would be thrown out.
When the needles were discovered and the news revealed, Chief Executive David Grevemberg said that the CGF is already investigating the discovery, but did not give any details; refusing to share which nations were involved, and the details on the discovery. He did, however, state that the CGF was working on the issue with the utmost urgency, as this discovery was made a mere three days before the Games’ opening ceremony.
A report from The Times of India released an article saying that the needles were found in the area allotted for the Indian representative team, but the team’s manager, Ajay Narang, said that the Indian team wasn’t involved, pointing out that the needles were discovered inside a water bottle on the outside.
Narang says that one of the members reported the needles to him, then he had a look to verify. He says that, as a good citizen, he did the reasonable thing and reported the discovery to the Medical Commission for analysis and disposal. He emphasizes that they never opened the bottle.
The CGF’s anti-doping policy has a “no-needles” rules for participant athletes, except those with approval practitioners or those who need injections for medical conditions such as diabetes. These new policies were introduced late March, which included later testing on stored samples for the first time. The storage of the samples means that they can be retested to ensure the veracity of results in case an athlete used a banned substance, which can lead to them losing their medals, like with Olympic athletes.