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Whereabouts filing requirements

Any effective testing system is based on unannounced tests. Any advance warning given can provide the person who wishes to cheat with a theoretical opportunity for manipulation. So that unannounced tests can be conducted, the NADA needs information on the whereabouts of the athlete concerned in each case. That is why whereabouts reporting requirements apply for the out-of-competition doping tests. These requirements will vary, depending on which testing pool the athlete involved belongs to.

The NADA translates the WADA’s stipulations into practical reality by means of the NADA Code and the standard for whereabouts information. These entail the following whereabouts reporting requirements for athletes:

Whereabouts reporting requirements for athletes in the RTP

Before a new quarter of the year starts, athletes in the RTP must submit their whereabouts information by the 25th of the preceding month (i.e. by 25 December, by 25 March, by 25 June and by 25 September of each year). Each day in the following quarter must contain a 60-minute time slot between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. during which the athlete can be reached at a defined location where he is available for conducting doping tests. That hour must be specified in advance towards the end of a quarter for the next three months but can be changed or updated at any time. Since the one-hour rule is not sufficient in the fight against doping, athletes may also be tested outside this one-hour time slot.

The whereabouts information must be given in such detail that the doping control officer (DCO) is able to find the athlete without phoning him.

You will find further information in the standard for whereabouts information.

Whereabouts reporting requirements for athletes in the NTP

Before a new quarter of the year starts, athletes in the NTP must submit their whereabouts information, by the 25th of the preceding month (i.e. by 25 December, by 25 March, by 25 June and by 25 September of each year). They are not required to enter a 60-minute time slot in ADAMS. The submitted information can be changed or updated at any time. It should be given in such detail that the DCO is able to find the athlete concerned. If a phone number has been submitted in ADAMS, a decision may be taken in individual cases to contact the athlete by phone if this helps to complete the doping test.

You will find further information in the standard for whereabouts information.

Whereabouts reporting requirements for athletes in the ATP

Upon receipt of their testing-pool notification, athletes in the ATP are obligated to submit the NADA their contact data, the address of the place where they usually live, plus a framework training schedule. This means that athletes in the ATP are not required to file whereabouts information in ADAMS. They can be subjected to unannounced tests at any time, which is why the NADA should immediately be notified of any changes in the contact data or in the framework training schedule.

You will find further information in the standard for whereabouts information.

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