8 February 2008
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Athlete Whereabouts by SMS: New Feature in ADAMS

A new SMS feature added recently to ADAMS makes it simple for athletes to submit Whereabouts updates using a mobile phone, smart phone, or PDA. While athletes are still required to enter Whereabouts into ADAMS on a quarterly basis, this new SMS feature facilitates updates, especially when Internet is not available.

How it works: An athlete enters a short message describing his or her change of plans and sends this via SMS directly to ADAMS using a “virtual” mobile number. Upon receipt, ADAMS files this message in the athlete’s Whereabouts calendar as determined by the athlete’s mobile telephone number. A notification is automatically sent to the anti-doping organization’s Whereabouts coordinator indicating that an SMS message has been received from the athlete. The notification contains a link to the received message. When the Whereabouts coordinator opens the notification, the athlete’s record will be automatically retrieved and the corresponding month’s Whereabouts calendar will be displayed on the screen. The Whereabouts coordinator will update the athlete’s calendar as instructed by the SMS text message.

The real-time availability of Whereabouts updates will help to ensure greater efficiency for both anti-doping organizations and athletes. Because Whereabouts information can be modified from anywhere, athletes have more flexibility in keeping information current.

ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) is the web-based database management system that simplifies the daily activities of all stakeholders and athletes involved in the anti-doping system. ADAMS is used by anti-doping and sports organizations to manage the doping control and results management processes in a multi-level access system that protects the security and confidentiality of data. Developed and managed by WADA, ADAMS is available free of charge in seven languages (English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian and Arabic). For more information, click here.