20-year-old Australian swimmer Shayna Jack spoke directly to the media for the first time since having tested positive for banned substance Ligandrol.
Jack has been communicating and offering statements via her Instagram account up until this point, but today, she, along with her lawyer (Paul Horvath) and mother, met with the press after an over-four hour meeting with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
Jack states clearly, “I’m not going to stop until I prove my innocence. I’ll fight to get myself back into the pool because that’s my dream.”
The freestyle ace also commented, “Swimming Australia has been nothing but supportive towards me and we have been a unit through the whole process. Every decision we have made has been together, and we are very happy with every decision we have made.”
Horvath commented, “We will leave no stone unturned in preparing her defense to this case.”
He also stated the team expects to receive a letter from ASADA in 4-6 weeks detailing the case against Jack.
The brief press conference can be viewed below, and you can refresh yourself on the entire timeline involving Jack’s positive test and the aftermath at the bottom of this post.
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Shayna Jack Timeline:
- 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.
- August 2nd – Jack, along with her lawyer and mother, attends an over-four meet with ASADA. At a press conference immediately after the meeting, Jack says ‘Swimming Australia has been nothing but supportive’ and that she and SA are ‘a unit’.
- Jack’s lawyer stated that they would be receiving a letter from ASADA in the next 4-6 weeks, but he and the rest of Jack’s team will ‘leave no stone unturned’ in its investigation of what led to Jack’s positive test.