Australian swimmer Shayna Jack is set to meet with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on Friday, August 2nd, SwimSwam has learned. The meeting with ASADA is not to sanction the athlete, but instead to provide further details of the freestyle ace’s positive test, which resulted in both her A and B samples testing for banned substance Ligandrol.
Jack will read a short statement following the meeting, but will not address any questions at that time. Instead, the Brisbane-based, St. Peters Western athlete will hold a press conference at 10am local time on Saturday, August 3rd.
Jack is facing a maximum 4-year ban for the offense unless she can find a way to provide evidence that the source of the Ligandrol came from contaminated supplements or another source. Although a steep mountain to climb for Jack, there is recent precedent for a swimmer proving a contaminated supplement for a reduced punishment.
American Madisyn Cox originally received a 2-year ban for having tested positive for Trimetazidine but saw her suspension reduced to 6 months. A WADA-accredited lab in Salt Lake City determined that 4 nanograms of the banned substance were present in both the opened and sealed bottles of Cooper Complete Elite Athletic multivitamin that Cox says she had been taking for seven years and had listed on every doping control form she had ever completed.
You can refresh yourself on the timeline of Jack’s situation here.
- June 26th – Date of the doping test.
- July 14th – Via her personal Instagram account, Jack announces her shock withdrawal from the World Championships, despite having traveled and practicing with the Aussie squad at their staging camp.
- July 27th – Again via her personal Instagram account, Jack, reveals her positive doing test, but does not explain the substance involved, nor the fact that both the A and B samples were positive.
- July 27th – Swimming Australia releases an official comment on Jack, but does not disclose the substance involved. CEO Leigh Russell stated, “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.”
- July 28th – Jack announces via Instagram that she tested positive for Ligandrol. Also known as selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) LGD-4033, was originally developed for the treatment of muscle wasting conditions such as aging, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer, is promoted as a selective non-steroidal anabolic agent. (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority).
- July 28th – Former ASADA head Richard Ings questions the handling of informing the public by Swimming Australia, saying “If Swimming Australia is suggesting that their anti-doping policy, approved by ASADA, forbids them from announcing the Jack provisional suspension, they are wrong.”
- Aussie Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren also speaks, saying, “We are not trying to cover anything up. We don’t play a game. She’s [Jack] not here [in Gwangju] and it shows that the Australian system works.”
- July 29th – Jack suspended from ISL pending outcome of anti-doping proceedings.