Protecting the Right to Participate in Clean Sport

Whereabouts Advice

 

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Some athletes have to update their Whereabouts giving information on where they train.

Whereabouts is a system designed to support testing programmes.

Some athletes may be selected for the National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP) or International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP). This means that they are required to supply details of their Whereabouts so that they can be tested at any time and any place without advanced notice.

Athletes nominated for inclusion in the NRTP or IRTP will be notified by their National Governing Body (NGB) UK Anti-Doping or their International Federation.

Make sure that you know if any of the athletes you work with are part of the UK’s NRTP or the IRTP. If they are, it is advised that you ask when their designated 60-minute slot is, so you can ensure that they do not risk a missed test.

The scenario below illustrates how athletes can commonly miss a test and highlights the importance of Athlete Support Personnel knowing of an athlete’s Whereabouts commitments.

Case Example

An athlete states their designated hour is during training, between 10:00am and 11:00am. At 10:00am they become injured and are taken to the physiotherapy room for treatment. The treatment room is in a separate building 15 minute drive away. Whilst the athlete is undergoing their treatment, a Doping Control Officer turns up at the training ground (as indicated by the athlete’s Whereabouts) to notify the athlete they have been selected for a doping control test. They are not there.

This scenario can have major implications for athletes. Any athlete not present at the location indicated in their Whereabouts information for their 60-minute time slot can be issued with a missed test. Any combination of three missed tests or Whereabouts filing failures in a 12-month period is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

This scenario can have major implications for athletes. Any athlete not present at the location indicated in their Whereabouts information for their 60-minute time slot can be issued with a missed test. Any combination of three missed tests or Whereabouts filing failures in a 12-month period is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Always ask athletes on an NRTP or IRTP if they need to update their Whereabouts. Find out more about Whereabouts.