Whereabouts

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 (link WBSC Testing Pool).

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 (WADC).

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 WADC 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.

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

As established in the art. 2.4 of the WBSC AD Rules, three whereabouts failures (any combination of a filling failure and a missed test), occurring within a 12-month period by an athlete included in the RTP, constitute an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and imply several consequences such as a potential two-year ban from Baseball and Softball, 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

Retirements

When athlete retire, they are no longer subject to doping controls. All WBSC-licensed athletes who decide to retire from competition must inform the WBSC through these application forms (ENG - FRA).
Here you can find the Spanish version but only the English or French version will be taken in consideration.

Return to competition

When athletes want to return to competition after a period of retirement, they need to fill out the following forms (ENG - FRA).
Here you can find the Spanish version but only the English or French version will be taken in consideration.

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