Australian Shayna Jack Tests Positive Days Before Start Of Gwangju

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Just days prior the start of these FINA World Aquatics Championships, Aussie freestyle ace Shayna Jack announced her sudden withdrawal from the world’s biggest swimming competition outside of the Olympics.

As we reported on June 14th, Jack stated via her social media,”It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from world championships due to personal reasons.”

With the ambiguity arose questions and speculation, which have now been confirmed, as the 2017 World Championships medalist has tested positive for a banned substance.

Once again via Instagram, Jack reveals she has tested positive, but says, “I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardize my career.”

The St. Peters Western athlete further states, “Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when ad how the substance has come into contact with my body.

The exact substance has yet to be revealed, but the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) says the drug test was conducted on June 26th. Jack is under provisional suspension while the investigation into the situation now begins.

According to the Swimming Australia statement, under the specific legislation governing Australia’s drug-testing regime, Swimming Australia is notified of any adverse test result as is WADA and FINA. Under the process, all details are required to remain confidential until ASADA has completed its investigations, the athlete is afforded due process and an outcome determined.

Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell states, “Swimming Australia is and always has been committed to a clean sport. We have consistently supported a zero-tolerance approach to doping and have been strong supporters of a rigorous and consistent approach to drug testing both here and overseas.

“Under our system, if a swimmer returns an adverse test, they are automatically given a provisional suspension and stopped from competing until such time as the ASADA process is complete and an outcome determined.

“As you would expect we are bitterly disappointed with allegations a swimmer has a prohibited substance in her system although it is important to point out that the matter is yet to be determined. We will continue to provide appropriate support for Shayna. We will also provide support for our team members who are still in Korea and our team and our organization will continue to reaffirm our zero-tolerance approach.”

This year’s World Championships has already seen two swimmers refuse to stand on the podium with China’s Sun Yang, the man who is seeking a public CAS hearing this Fall. One of the men refusing to acknowledge Sun in photographs was Mack Horton of Australia, who says the sport has no room for drug cheats, although now his countrymate is under the spotlight.

In terms of the International Swimming League (ISL), Jack had been named to the U.S.-based Cali Condors and her status there is now in potential jeopardy in light of this news. The league has been very vocal about zero-tolerance, a policy which has shut out the likes of past positive testers like the aforementioned Sun and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, but has also denied non-positive testers like Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now. It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system. I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career. Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body. I would appreciate if you respect my privacy as this is very hard for me to cope with

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Samesame
1 year ago

I believe her .She knows how Australians regard cheating ( see our cricketers last year )

Jred
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Whether she did it or not I don’t know.

Though I’m of the opinion that where there is smoke there is fire regarding doping.

But the idea athletes wouldn’t cheat in Australia is laughable. There is too much on the line to entice them to cheat. This goes for everyone.

Swimdad
Reply to  Jred
1 year ago

100% agree

Troy
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Yikes. Australians are just as fallible as anyone else even when it comes to cheating.

Samesame
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

Why would she take the chance ? Completely against character . Have seen her coming through the ranks for years . Normal progression like Regan Smith but not as rapid . ( obviously not an individual WR holder)

Troy
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Why would she take the chance? Why would anyone? I mean I’m not gonna condemn her or say I think she did it but I’m not gonna assume she’s innocent either. We don’t even know what the substance was yet. If it was an anabolic agent I think guilt is basically undeniable because one just doesn’t accidentally come in contact with anabolic agents in Australia.

Oceanian
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

No – u don’t just get steroids across the counter in Australia, unlike – still – some other countries.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

Why *wouldn’t* she take the chance? The risk/reward just doesn’t match up, especially if you’re a fringe qualifier.

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

ummm lets think… money, fame, popularity, the pursuit of being the best to name a few

Torchbearer
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
1 year ago

And a lifetime of humiliation if caught…

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 year ago

lol, u think she’s gonna walk down the street and everyone’ll be like
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Scribble
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

All nationalities have drug cheats, but there is a huge discrepancy on the way they are handled. Thank you Australia for not bringing Shayna Jacks and messing up these World Championships like the Chinese did with Sun Yang. China needs to seriously exam their internal processes if they allow someone who busted his blood doping vials with a hammer to compete. Australia did it the right way. Keep her out of competition and allow her to appeal, but the presumption of innocence is lost with a positive test (or smashing vials with a hammer). This is unfortunate for Australia, but a good way to handle a positive doping test.

Bobthebuilder
Reply to  Scribble
1 year ago

Stop scribbling around and face the facts

Swimdad
Reply to  Scribble
1 year ago

You need to read the story carefully. It was WADA that didn’t have its people carrying the proper certification at first.

Gary
Reply to  Scribble
1 year ago

Australia suspended swimmer pending investigations another country China allowed their swimmer to win gold medals pending investigations higher standards

Mildly surprised
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Definitely unintended. You can believe all the dopers, if they are not Russian or Chinese.

Andrei Vorontsov
Reply to  Mildly surprised
1 year ago

Why did you forget Brazilians, Americans (starting with Jessica Foschi). Not long time ago Australia swimmers already were involved in doping related problems. Let’ s use the same standards as applied to Russian and Chinese. Now the Chines are laughing at all swimming World. Thank you, Aussies!

Swimdad
Reply to  Andrei Vorontsov
1 year ago

A big thank you! Aussies

sun forest
Reply to  Mildly surprised
1 year ago

You are discrimination!Why is it that Australians are found to be positive for drug testing?

USGrant
Reply to  Mildly surprised
1 year ago

Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, even the great Phelps. All drug users.

sadlkysad
Reply to  Mildly surprised
1 year ago

good point! lol what a hypocritical move!!

sadlkysad
Reply to  Mildly surprised
1 year ago

lol such a hypocritical move

Elaine McCluskey
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Not indicting anyone but Australia has been caught in sprint kayak.

George
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Now do we still talk about sunyang ? LOL

Swimdad
Reply to  Samesame
1 year ago

Importantly, it will be by Mr. Horton’s standard! He is so righteous.Aussie standard is a sub standard…

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

She should have just smashed the vials

Lpman
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Would that be before or after an ultimate fighting match in the warm down pool?

VIc
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Ha ha, good one.

Running start to touch backstroke flags
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

If doping control lacked credentials, yup… smash em up! There is a distinct, legal process for athletes AND testers. That was not followed by TESTERS in Sun’s case, hence the ongoing investigation which is non-conclusive.

Man of Steel

Why wasn’t he immediately retested the next day then? Or are they still claiming the tester was a fraudster?

Rrrr
Reply to  Man of Steel
1 year ago

If you read the court report, he asked for backup testers that same night and refused by WADA.

Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

US swimmers and Aussies never cheat. Lol

Jim C
Reply to  Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

You do not even say Australian swimmers and US swimmers, when Shayna Jack is caught you say US swimmers first.

isleofskye
Reply to  Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

True. Accidentally, they just all have asthma.

anonymous
Reply to  isleofskye
1 year ago

Inhaler medication for asthma do nothing for a person with normal lung airways. The daily dosing level of the inhaler medication is restricted to therapeutic levels. The kind of inhaler medication is also restricted.

Bkkang
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Could be it be used as masking agent!

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  isleofskye
1 year ago

This is the biggest question to me.. I don’t get how almost every swimmer has asthma

Troy
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
1 year ago

They don’t.

Josh
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

This. It’s so they can use beta 2 agonists which are strong performance enhancing drugs.

anonymous
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
1 year ago

A lot of asthmatics are told to swim as it helps their lung capacity

Egg
Reply to  DRUKSTOP
1 year ago

There is actually a such thing as chlorine induced asthma. I highly doubt this explains why pretty much every swimmer has it, but it’s there.

Greta
Reply to  Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

When US, Australian, or Europeans get caught, they DON’T compete. That is a big difference with Russia and China. American Jessica Hardy was banned, did NOT seem m I n the Olympics and was ripped to shreds by American fans. All nationalities have drug cheats, but state sponsored support is unacceptable. Good job to Australia for not fucking up Worlds like China.

testaverde
Reply to  Greta
1 year ago

Aussies caught red-handed whereas Sun was cleared and acted within his rights according to FINA ruling. Got a problem with that?

ThinkAboutIt
Reply to  testaverde
1 year ago

You’re being naive. They both got caught ‘red handed’ in that they both tested positive. One served a retrospective ban in secret that meant he didn’t miss any events, and one was sent home by her federation.
They are NOT the same case.
Got a problem with that?!

Shuami
Reply to  ThinkAboutIt
1 year ago

Yes, I do have a problem with that since you have conveniently omitted some other facts if you are talking about Sun Yang’s previous ban. Sum has been prescribed the same med for years, which was added to the ban list 4 months prior to his positive test. The ban is for in-competition only. Granted his doctor (and himself) screwed up and didn’t keep updated with the banned list. But it is also revealed the Sun is entitled to get medical exemption for the use of the medication for his known condition. He paid the penalty for screwing up by serving 3 month ban (not retroactively). After the ban he is good to go, like everyone else. Do you have… Read more »

Bobthebuilder
Reply to  Greta
1 year ago

Whoever said this is totally ignorant or just a plain liar. I am an American and I knew Gartlin was caught cheat before and came back later to win an Olympic gold. He served his penalty and came back strong. So stop telling people our side is better. Just stop!

Swimdad
Reply to  Greta
1 year ago

Aussie’s swimming federation covered up for a week in order to not to disturb other swimmers performance…hahaha

Jem
Reply to  Greta
1 year ago

Hardy swam in London. No one protested. Hypercritical much? Kylie Palmer testes positive and swam in Rio.

Swimdad
Reply to  Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

Neither do Brits,..

USGrant
Reply to  Swmmngnnstp
1 year ago

Lilly King cheated, caught, and would cheat again.

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