Team USA Athlete Ombuds
On this webpage, you will find information about whereabouts requirements, navigating potential whereabouts failures, and the retirement/reinstatement process laid out in a FAQ format.
Please Note: This information is not comprehensive and does not cover all situations an athlete might face in the context of clean sport. It is provided as an overview of general information and resources and is primarily focused on requirements for athletes in a Registered Testing Pool (RTP). Nothing on this website is intended to supersede official documents and individuals should reference the applicable anti-doping authority’s resource for the most up to date and accurate information.
Key documents and resources referenced in the FAQ below related to Whereabouts and Retirement
- WADA Code
- International Standards for Results Management - Annex B
- International Standards for Testing and Investigations – Section 4.8
- USADA’s Whereabouts Policy
- USADA’s Protocol
- USADA’s Whereabouts Webpage
- USADA’s Retirement Webpage
- USADA's Contact for Whereabouts Filings Questions & Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
- USADA’s Contact for Whereabouts Failures: email@example.com
- Athlete Ombuds Guide to Responding to Potential Whereabouts Failures Guide
This information is not a comprehensive set of rules and is provided as an overview of general information and resources. Nothing on this website is intended to supersede official documents and individuals should reference applicable athlete safety policies for the most up to date and accurate information.
Advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice, nor does any member provide legal representation of an athlete in any capacity. Athletes should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Also, in accordance with the Athlete Ombuds mandate pursuant to the Act to offer independent advice, statements of any member of the office will not be deemed to reflect the views or positions of the USOPC, and the office is not authorized to accept notice on behalf of the USOPC or any other sport organization. All grievances and reports need to be filed directly with the appropriate body (i.e., the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the USOPC, the NGB, USADA, etc.).