The athlete whereabouts programme is a system that enables athletes to be easily found and tested without any advance notice.
It’s used by all anti-doping organisations and these “surprise” tests help to detect and deter drug use. Athlete whereabouts plays a key role in protecting clean athletes and the integrity of sport.
The athlete whereabouts system requires certain athletes (those in Drug Free Sport NZ's Registered Testing Pool and National Testing Pool) to log regular information about their whereabouts so that they can be tested.
Athletes need to provide details such as:
- a primary residential address;
- an addresses for training, work and any other regular activities (including time-frames for any such activities);
- competition schedule, including dates, locations and accommodation details;
- travel information (including destination and dates of travel);
- any temporary or alternative addresses (e.g. when on holiday, your partner’s address or your parent’s address); and:
- a 60 Minute Timeslot for RTP Athletes
Athletes in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), will be required to specify a 60-minute time slot each day when they will be available for testing at a location of their choice.
It’s important athletes follow the whereabouts rules because if they don’t they could be found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation.