New “Athlete Central” Whereabouts app will make filing changes easier for athletes
Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is launching a new app to help make filing Whereabouts easier and quicker for athletes. Athlete Whereabouts 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.
“Athletes have been asking us to make Whereabouts filing easier and less onerous, said DFSNZ Chief Executive Nick Paterson. “The new app will enable them to update their Whereabouts from their mobile phones.
Called Athlete Central, the new app provides the athlete with all their information in one place, making it easier for athletes to check on their test results and therapeutic use exemption applications. Athlete Central is developed and hosted by WADA, and is already in use in other anti-doping organisations around the world, including Australia, Canada and Sweden.
Under the World Anti-Doping Code, there can be serious consequences if athletes don’t follow Whereabouts rules, such as being found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation. “We want Whereabouts to be as easy as possible for clean athletes. We don’t want anyone banned from sport for an admin error” Mr Paterson says.
The Whereabouts system is used by athletes who are in one of two testing pools. The Registered Testing Pool athletes are required to provide a 60-minute time slot each day where they will be available for drug testing at a location of their choice.
National Testing Pool athletes are required to provide basic information such as their regular whereabouts week to week, and competition locations.
- All new Whereabouts filings must use the new system to submit Whereabouts for the next quarter (Oct-Dec 2020). Submissions need to be entered by the 15th of September 2020.
- Any changes to athletes’ current schedules during July and August must still use the old system.