BLOG: AFL Whereabouts fines

7 November 2015

In the past month, six Australian Football League (AFL) clubs have been fined for failing to provide up-to-date whereabouts of their players for the purpose of anti-doping tests. Here are some facts about AFL whereabouts to clear up any misconceptions following the reporting of these fines …

Under the AFL’s Anti-Doping Code, all clubs are required to keep ASADA notified at all times of the whereabouts of listed players for testing purposes.

Under the AFL’s Code, the club is fined (by the AFL, not ASADA) for the failure to provide correct whereabouts information, not the individual player.

The fines are paid by the clubs to the AFL. ASADA is not the recipient of the fines. If we choose, we can recoup (separate to the AFL’s penalty) the expense of a failed mission.

AFL players may be tested 365 days of the year for World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited substances and methods.

Information regarding a player’s whereabouts allows ASADA to conduct no-advance notice out-of-competition testing.

No-advance notice testing makes it harder for an athlete to either mask their use of a prohibited substance prior to sample collection, or to time their ingestion of a prohibited substance so its presence is no longer detectable at the time of sample collection.

Where ASADA shows up to conduct a test based on information provided by the AFL club and a player is absent, ASADA will notify the AFL. The AFL determines if a club has failed to provide up-to-date player whereabouts information and what penalty may apply.

We acknowledge the work the AFL has done to police the whereabouts system in its sport. This is an important element in maintaining the integrity of the AFL competition.