ASADA statement regarding Thomas Fraser Holmes:

9 June 2017

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority acknowledges the 12-month sanction imposed by the FINA Doping Panel on Australian swimmer, Thomas Fraser Holmes for Whereabouts failures – three missed tests in a 12-month period.

From recent media reporting, ASADA understands Mr Fraser-Holmes intends to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

We have no further comment at this stage.

Further information about Whereabouts is available on ASADA’s website: https://www.asada.gov.au/anti-doping-programmes/whereabouts

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Background information: Whereabouts—Australian athletes

Australian athletes have been providing whereabouts information to ASADA since January 2007 under ASADA’s Athlete Whereabouts policy.

ASADA has in place steps to minimise instances where an athlete may face a possible Whereabouts anti-doping rule violation, including:

  • providing 24/7 online access to WADA’s Athlete Administration and Management System (ADAMS), including via a free app for smartphones
  • providing a hotline for athletes to update their whereabouts over the phone
  • issuing quarterly reminder letters or emails and SMS notifications
  • assigning dedicated whereabouts staff to assist new and existing RTP athletes file and update their whereabouts

Information about the process ASADA follows for apparent Missed Tests is available in our https://www.asada.gov.au/anti-doping-programmes/whereabouts/whereabouts-policy

The last Australian athlete to be sanctioned for Whereabouts failures was in 2013.