The hearing date for Shayna Jack‘s appeal of her 4-year doping suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is being kept a secret at the request of all parties, the organization told SwimSwam on Tuesday.
Last month, the Australian swimmer Jack released a comprehensive statement on her personal Instagram account regarding what lies ahead for the 21-year-old sprinter. She said that she had received a notice about her CAS hearing, but did not share a date at that time.
“Now the real fight begins. Today I received further notice in relation to my hearing at CAS,” she posted on May 17th.
Since then, SwimSwam reached out to CAS to understand the exact timing of Jack’s hearing; however, they said that the date would not be made public.
‘Please be advised that a hearing date has been set for this procedure. However, at the request of the parties and of the arbitrator in charge of the proceedings, the date will not be communicated,’ read the response to our inquiry to CAS.
Jack returned home to Australia in the middle of the country’s final preparation camp in Nagaoka, Japan 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. The test happened at the team’s domestic camp in Cairns, Australia before heading to Nagaoka for final preparations.
Jack’s four-year ban is the maximum allowed for a first offense and implies that not only was she unable to prove a source of contamination but that she was unable to convince the Australian Anti-Doping Association (ASADA) that her ingestion was accidental.