WADA to use Dutch whereabouts app
ARNHEM _ The World Anti-Doping Agency will launch a Dutch-designed smartphone app that makes it easier for athletes to report their whereabouts to anti-doping testers. The app will indicate where the athletes will be for a 1-hour period each day for an out-of-competition check. Athletes who fail to report their whereabouts more than 3 times risk disciplinary steps or a ban.
WADA will launch the free app in the third quarter of 2013. Available for iPhone, Android en Blackberry phones, the app has been developed from an award-winning app already used by the Dutch national anti-doping agency for athletes in the Netherlands. Using their smartphone, athletes can enter, check, change and submit their whereabouts details at any time with just a few clicks, says WADA. It also reminds athletes to submit whereabouts data. WADA Director General, David Howman: “The app provides athletes an easy, accessible way to report their whereabouts and remain in observance of the relevant regulations, thereby demonstrating their commitment to clean sport. Everyone benefits from this efficient solution, and we are pleased to offer the app.”
The app has been developed by Dutch anti-doping and sports authorities and InnoSportNL which stimulates innovative research that improves sporting achievements. InnoSportNL says WADA’s endorsement of the whereabouts app shows Dutch leadership in sports innovation. More than 25.000 athletes worldwide will be using the app.