Athlete Central

‘Next Gen’ ADAMS

The Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) is a secure and cost-free, web-based system that centralizes doping control-related information such as athlete whereabouts, testing history, laboratory results, the Athlete Biological Passport, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and information on Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

In 2017, significant upgrades to ADAMS’ underlying infrastructure laid the foundation for the complete rebuild of ADAMS which will serve all athletes and anti-doping stakeholders better going forward. Referred to as the ‘Next Gen’ ADAMS, the rebuild prioritizes mobility of ADAMS use, enhanced connectivity, reliability and performance, as well as general usability. All of ADAMS’ new features are also designed with privacy, information security, and transparency for end users as a priority.

Planning and development of the ‘Next Gen’ ADAMS first focused on an all-new whereabouts application, Athlete Central. Other modules are to follow, which WADA will communicate to stakeholders in due course.


To be launched in November 2019, ‘Athlete Central’ is WADA’s new App that will facilitate athlete compliance with Whereabouts rules under the global anti-doping program. Athlete Central will replace WADA’s current App that has been operational for a few years and required modernizing.

Whereabouts rules, which are a key component of global sport’s crucial out-of-competition testing programs, are part of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.  The rules require a limited number of top-level athletes within a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) to provide their Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) with details of where they can be found for one hour every day.

Prior to initiating development of Athlete Central, WADA’s project team actively sought athlete feedback to better understand their needs.  The team was pleased to receive 2,500 unique submissions that then shaped the App’s specifications. In addition, in the lead up to its November launch, some Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) staff have been testing the App and a significant number of active athletes have been trialing it to file their Whereabouts.

Powered by ADAMS, the new Athlete Central is a simple, smart and reliable way for athletes to provide their Whereabouts information in order to support out of competition testing and demonstrate their commitment to clean sport. Its attributes include:

  • Smart App for improved accuracy
  • Location-based address recommendations
  • Intuitive user Interface requiring less support & training
  • Supports all types of Whereabouts pools, including RTPs
  • Improved adherence to International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)
  • A dedicated Help Desk

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