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Clean Sport / Test Pool

World Abilitysport Testing Pool

Being able to test athletes out-of-competition, with no-advance-notice is one of the most powerful means of deterring and detecting doping in sport.  Any athlete can be tested at any time and any place.

The Athlete Whereabouts programme helps enable out-of-competition testing, by requiring athletes who have been included in the Testing Pool to provide accurate, up-to-date whereabouts information.  This is so that they can be more easily located for testing.

Testing Pool

World Abilitysport has established a Testing Pool (TP) that includes high performance athletes who are subject to regular out-of-competition testing.

TP athletes are required to provide whereabouts information to the IPC, so that they can be located for out-of-competition testing at any time.  The information required includes:

  • A primary home (overnight) address
  • A daily 60-minute time slot when the athlete will be available for testing at a location they specify
  • Training information (including locations and times)
  • Competition schedules (including dates, locations and accommodation details)
  • Information about any regular activities they undertake (such as work or study)

How to submit whereabouts


Athletes included in the TP are required to provide the World Abilitysport with up-to-date and accurate whereabouts information. Whereabouts information is filed each quarter using WADA’s online Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). Athletes must file their whereabouts by the quarter deadline (see below) and must update the information as required

WADA’s Athlete Central Smartphone App

Athletes can also download WADA’s ‘Athlete Central’ to their smartphone to enable them to update their whereabouts while on the move.  The App is available on the App Store or Google Play.

Due dates for filing whereabouts

QuarterPeriodDue dates
11 January – 31 March31 December
21 April – 30 June31 March
31 July – 30 September30 June
41 October – 31 December30 September

Whereabouts failures

There can be serious consequences for TP athletes who fail to meet their whereabouts responsibilities without good reason.  A whereabouts failure is either a Filing Failure or a Missed Test:

Filing Failure – if an TP athlete fails to submit his/her quarterly Whereabouts Filing by the due date, or the whereabouts information is found to be incorrect or out-of-date, this may result in a Filing Failure;

Missed Test – if an TP athlete fails to be available for testing at the location and time specified in the 60-minute time slot, this may result in a Missed Test

Any combination of three whereabouts failures (filing failures or missed tests) committed within a 12-month period by an athlete constitutes an anti-doping rule violation and if proven, could lead to the athlete being banned from all sport for up to two years.

World Abilitysport notifies athletes via their National Federation if it considers a whereabouts failure has occurred.  The athlete will have the opportunity to provide an explanation before a whereabouts failure is confirmed.

More information and useful links

For more information about athlete whereabouts, athletes can contact their National Federation or email

WADA At-A-Glance –  Athletes Whereabouts Leaflet

WADA Athlete Central App for Smartphones

ADAMS Whereabouts YouTube Tutorial