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Olympics cleaners recruited to report drug use3rd of August 2012
Cleaners and security staff have been recruited by officials at the London 2012 Olympic Games to snoop on athletes as part of the fight against competitors using performance enhancing drugs.
Organisers have told staff inside the athletes' village to report potentially suspicious items that might suggest drug use as part of a new intelligence led approach to testing.
According to national newspaper The Independent, staff have been told to keep an eye out on suspicious non-prescription medicines, blister packs of tablets and any intravenous equipment that might point towards doping.
Jonathan Harris, LOCOG's chief anti-doping officer, told reporters that the team in charge of uncovering drug use were not just reliant on random spot checks to catch cheats.
"We have made other LOCOG functions - security, cleaning, events services, others - very aware of the issues of doping," he said. "So if they should come across practices, paraphernalia, whatever it may be, then they would bring it to our attention and we would investigate it this and treat it as intelligence."