Whereabouts are information provided by a limited number of top elite athletes about their location to the WBSC or National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), that included them in their respective Registered Testing Pool/Testing Pool.

Document name
WBSC Testing Pool 2020

They are one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping and are an important step in strengthening athletes and public confidence in doping-free sport. Accurate whereabouts information is crucial to ensure efficiency of the anti-doping programme, which is designed to protect the integrity of sport and clean athletes.

Whereabouts rules are part of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). The ISTI is mandatory for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs), including WBSC, NADOs, Major Games Organizers, etc., that have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (see the link in Documents & Regulations).

The whereabouts must be provided on ADAMS by athletes included in RTP/TP to comply with the principle ”no-advance notice” of out-of-competition tests, as required in the Code art. 5.5 and in the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). They are also useful in the implementation of the WBSC Test Distribution Plan.

Requirements for TP athletes

In particular, the athletes included in the WBSC Testing Pool shall provide the following whereabouts:

  • an overnight address;
  • competition/event schedule;
  • regular training activities.

For more information, please refer to the ISTI (you can find the link on "Documents & Regulations").

Consequences for TP athletes

As established in the art. 5.5.12 of the WBSC AD Rules, an athlete's failure to provide whereabouts information on or before the date required by WBSC or the athlete's failure to provide accurate whereabouts information may result in WBSC elevating the athlete to WBSC's Registered Testing Pool (if one is established) and/or additional appropriate and proportionate non-Code Article 2.4 consequences, established by WBSC if any.

Requirements for RTP athletes

According with the art. of the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), an athlete who is in a Registered Testing Pool shall:

  • provide accurate and complete information about the athlete's whereabouts during the forthcoming quarter, including where they will be living, training and competing;
  • describe in detail a 60-minute time slot in which to be available at a specific location for control.

Consequences for RTP athletes

Several consequences such as a potential two-year ban from baseball and softball are established in case of missed whereabouts information, in addition to those determined in the art. 10-11 of the same rules.

The athletes are strict liable about the insertion of their whereabouts.

Tips for athletes

Retirement & Return to Competition

When athletes retire, they are no longer subject to doping controls. When athletes want to return to competition after a period of retirement they are once again subject to doping controls.

All WBSC-licensed athletes who decide to retire or return from or to competition must inform the WBSC through the application forms below (only the English or French versions will be taken in consideration).

After having notified in writing WBSC of their intent to return to competition, an athlete who wishes to be exempted from the six-month written notice rule in Code art. 5.6.1 shall complete an Exemption Application.

The first ADO must review the Exemption Application and send it, along with its review, to the other ADO (the "second ADO”).

The second ADO must review the Exemption Application and send its opinion to the first ADO.

The first ADO must send the complete file to WADA, which will review the application and render its decision; any other relevant circumstance can contribute to a decision.

You can find below the above mentioned documents and the Exemption Application Procedure and the Guidelines which contain further information about the global process.

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Exemption Application Guidelines
Exemption Application Procedure
Exemption Application – Form 1 – To be completed by the athlete
Exemption Application – Form 2 – To be completed by the first ADO
Exemption Application – Form 3 – To be completed by the second ADO
Retirement Notification Form
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