Australian Swimmer Shayna Jack Given 4-Year Anti-Doping Suspension; Will Appeal

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has been given a full four-year ban by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). Jack will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The 21-year old sprinter from Brisbane returned home to Australia in the middle of the country’s final preparation camp for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, at the time saying that her withdrawal was for “personal reasons.” It was later revealed that Jack had tested positive for the banned substance Ligandrol.

ASADA has not named Jack on its list of banned athletes, and are not required to do so until 21 days after the finalization of all appeals processes.

While Swimming Australia is holding firm in its stated policy to not discuss ongoing anti-doping procedures, Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell has stood by Jack. In spite of a number of the athletes in her country publicly attacking Sun Yang, Russell told The Australian on Thursday that nobody in swimming believes that Jack cheated, and that “we are so mindful of young people’s mental health.”

“You can have a hard line but also be human in your approach to your people. We are so quick to point the finger and be outraged and interpret people’s behaviour.”

While no direct tie exists between the two in the nature of accusation (Jack tested positive for a banned substance, Sun tampered with a sample), Jack’s case has become intertwined with that of Sun’s given the proximity of the two and the reaction of Australian athletes to Sun’s case at the World Championships while their teammate Jack is undergoing anti-doping procedures of her own. Sun was given a maximum 8-year suspension by the CAS earlier this month, though he is still appealing that ruling.

Jack’s four-year ban is the maximum allowed for a first offence and implies that not only was she unable to prove a source of contamination, but that she was unable to convince ASADA that her ingestion was accidental. Global anti-doping organizations are notoriously inconsistent about applying those standards, though, so it’s hard to draw comparisons to other cases were sentence reduction was applied.maddi

Jack will be represented by Tim Fuller in her hearing with the CAS. Fuller is the same attorney who helped Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves successfully overcome charges of 3 missed doping tests that could have landed her a year-long suspension.

Jack is a 4-time World Championship medalist, winning 2 silver and 2 gold as part of Australian relays in 2017. She also won Pan Pac and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 2018 as part of 400 free relays.

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2 years ago

Sun Yang banned for 8 years (appealing decision), Shayna Jack banned for 4 years (appealing decision) let’s see what Russia receives next??? And yes, you guessed it, Russia too will appeal the decision. The sooner the better they ban these CHEATS, the better it will be for sport. Whether deliberately or inadvertently taking drugs, they need to be BANNED!!!

Wheel Snipe Seli
2 years ago

If she wanted to go faster she could’ve just taken those earrings off…

2 years ago

Jack’d up

2 years ago

Accidental ingestion of Ligandrol lmaooooo

Why cant these athletes just cop to it and move on

2 years ago

Not exactly an insignificant drug test failure.

2 years ago

‘Jack’s four-year ban is the maximum allowed for a first offence and implies that not only was she unable to prove a source of contamination, but that she was unable to convince ASADA that her ingestion was accidental.’

‘Russell told The Australian on Thursday that nobody in swimming believes that Jack cheated’.

I wonder who is ‘NOBODY’ for russel. His inner circle of yesmen? ASADA clearly proved to be ‘SOMEONE’ then. As Dennis Coterell said, a glasshouse problem. She has LIGANDROL on her by an ‘accident’ but someone like sun with a protocol error is clearly ‘hiding something’ for these people.

2 years ago

I think the key to a reduced sentence is the proof of accidental ingestion. They should not just accept any lame excuse. Bottom line is the athletes need to be responsible for what they put into their bodies

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

“bUt I cOnSuMeD tAiNtEd BeEf!”

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Unfortunately an athlete can get a reduced sentence with just a good story and no actual evidence depending on which organisation is handling the case. Schoeman even got his sentence reduced all the way down to a year without even having evidence of a tainted supplement.

2 years ago

If that was an accident that really sucks

2 years ago

If this was Sun Yang there would be 80 comments tearing into his character, family, and successes.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Is East vs. West the proper description as Australia is also “east”?

Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

Not culturally, or in any other sense that matters in this context.

Reply to  BairnOwl
2 years ago

But geography-wise and directions were created to be used in the geography sense…

Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

Yes, but in this context that’s not how they’re used.

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