Whereabouts Information

Whereabouts Information

All Registered Testing Pool athletes are advised to refer to their respective NADO or IF Anti-Doping Rules for details of their whereabouts obligations.

Athletes are role models and they have an important responsibility to protect the integrity of their sport. Providing whereabouts is about protecting the athlete’s right to clean sport. Providing complete, current and accurate whereabouts information allows the Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) to locate the athlete with no advance notice and test – anytime and anywhere.
Athletes who fail to comply with the athlete whereabouts information requirements may incur anti-doping rule violations and subsequent sanctions.

Who is required to provide Whereabouts Information?

Athletes who have been identified for inclusion in their respective NADO or IF Registered Testing Pool are required to provide accurate and timely whereabouts filing directly to their NADO or IF. Each athlete in a RTP will be notified in writing of their inclusion in the RTP and the specific whereabouts filing requirements and consequences for non-compliance.
International RTP
An international RTP, established by an IF, will generally include athletes who compete regularly at the highest level of international competition eg, Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship, as determined by rankings or other suitable criteria.
National RTP
A national RTP, established by a NADO, will generally include:

  (a) Athletes over which a NADO has jurisdiction that have been included in an international RTP
  (b) Athletes who are part of national teams in Olympic or Paralympic or other sports of high national priority (or who might be selected for such teams)
  (c) Athletes who train independently but perform at Olympic / Paralympic or World Championship level and may be selected for such event.

All athletes in a RTP must submit whereabouts filing to their NADO or IF until the athlete is informed otherwise.

All athletes can still be tested anytime and anywhere even if they have not been included in a Registered Testing Pool.

Whereabouts Failures

It is the responsibility of RTP athletes to ensure that their whereabouts information is kept updated and accurate at all times.
Missed Test
If an athlete is unavailable for testing when an anti-doping organization attempts to test them during the specific 60-minute timeslot provided by the athlete, then a Missed Test may be pursued.
Filing Failure
If an athlete fails to provide and update the required whereabouts information, then a Filing Failure may be pursued.
Any combination of 3 Missed Test(s) and/or Filing Failure(s) within an 12-month period will constitute an anti-doping rule violation. The period of sanction is between 1 to 2 years, depending on the athlete’s degree of fault.

When are athletes required to submit whereabouts information?

Athletes included into their NADO or IF RTP are required to provide a whereabouts filing on a quarterly basis (i.e. every 3 months) and to update this information, as required, to maintain its accuracy.
Athletes must ensure their quarterly whereabouts filing is received by their NADO or IF before the start of each quarter by the deadline specified.

Delegation of Whereabouts Filing Responsibilities

The athlete may choose to delegate some or all whereabouts filing to a third party representative, such as a coach, team manager, or National Sports Federation, provided that the third party agrees to this delegation. It is still the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that their whereabouts information is accurate even though their whereabouts information is filed by their authorised representative.

How do athletes submit and update whereabouts information?

Anti-Doping Organizations are encouraged to use the World Anti-Doping Agency’s online Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) for the management and sharing of athlete whereabouts information.
Using ADAMS is free, easy to use and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Watch the following video on how to use ADAMS for whereabouts submissions.