In November 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched “Athlete Central”, its new app to help athletes comply with whereabouts rules as part of the World Anti-Doping Program. Athlete Central replaced the current AMA app, which had been in use for a few years and was in need of modernization.
The whereabouts rules are a key part of out-of-competition testing programs, which are essential in sport, and are part of the International standard for controls and investigations. These rules require a limited number of high performance athletes who are part of a target group of Tested Athletes to provide their Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) with details of their whereabouts for one hour. every day.
Prior to initiating the development of Athlete Central, the WADA project team actively sought to better understand the needs of athletes. The team gathered feedback from 2500 of them, which helped guide the app's specifications. In addition, prior to its launch in November, staff at some ADOs tested it and a large number of active athletes used it to record their whereabouts information.
Powered by ADAMS, the Athlete Central app is a simple, fast and secure way for Athletes in a Target Group of Athletes Subject to Testing to provide their whereabouts in order to facilitate out-of-competition testing and demonstrate their commitment to clean sport. The application has, among others, the following characteristics:
- Smart app for increased accuracy
- Address recommendations based on location
- Intuitive interface requiring less support and training
- Compatible with all types of whereabouts groups, including target groups of tested athletes
- Increased compliance with the requirements of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations
- Dedicated support center