Shayna Jack Suspended from ISL Pending Outcome of Anti-Doping Proceedings

Editor’s note: the initial ISL release said that Jack had been permanently suspended from the league, and our original reporting was based on that. After release, the ISL walked that back, and said it was a miscommunication internally, and that she is simply suspended for now.

The International Swimming League (ISL) announced in a press release today that Australian Shayna Jack has been suspended from the league, pending the completion of anti-doping proceedings from  the “appropriate governing bodies.” The test was administered by ASADA, the Australian anti-doping agency, which means that their hearing process will decide Jack’s case.

“As I said last month, no doping control rules violation will be overlooked,” said Andrea di Nino, the managing director of the International Swimming League. “This is another case that serves to reiterate our stance on banned substances and breaking doping control rules – no such behavior will ever be condoned. From the outset, the ISL has been an advocate for transparency and clean sport. Any athletes with doping control or ethical violation records will be considered ineligible with no recourse.”

Days before the 2019 FINA World Championships began in Gwangju, South Korea, Jack and Swimming Australia announced that she would not be competing. About a week later, Jack revealed that she had tested positive for the banned substance ligandrol. An announced member of the International Swimming League’s (ISL) California-based squad the Cali Condors, Jack is now ineligible, forever, to race in the newly-formed professional league.

Weeks before the news that Jack would not compete at the World Championships, Brazil’s Santos failed an out-of-competition drug test, putting his eligibility to compete in Gwangju in question. Santos, a member of the D.C. Trident ISL team headed by Kaitlin Sandeno, was banned from competition for one year and will now miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

ISL founder and backer Konstantin Grigorishin said at the league’s kickoff summit in London in December that the league and its rules would not have any sympathy for those who might have tested positive for banned substances through tainted supplements or any other accidental contamination. That hard-line stance has already been tested in other cases like American Madisyn Cox and Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes. ISL has still not publicly defined their zero-tolerance policy.

“We are committed to a doping-free future at the ISL and we completely support the League’s enforcement of its policies,” said Jason Lezak, general manager of the Cali Condors – the team that had signed Jack.

The ISL is schedule to begin its inaugural 7-meet season in October with 8 teams spread across the United States and Europe.

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Wondering
1 year ago

That’s Jacked….

bossanova
1 year ago

The only thing that makes me wonder about cross contamination is the pic on Shayna’s Instagram of her lifting some pretty measly weight. Ligandrol is supposed to help build muscle mass and strength so why’s she only squatting 65 pounds? Let’s be real no one is putting their warm up weights on the ‘gram.

Wowswim
Reply to  bossanova
1 year ago

A yes a pro athlete squat is near

Wowswim
Reply to  bossanova
1 year ago

If you think 65 is near what a pro athlete can do, oh boy

Breezeway
1 year ago

Who does AUS have coming down the sprint pipeline?
S Jack – Banned
B Campbell – almost done
C Campbell – headcase (Simone nightmares)

Swimmer
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

And guess what, they still won the 4*100 free relay

Breezeway
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

They did win. Very powerful relay teams, just not individual events. I was just wondering who they had to fill in the gaps.

Togger
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

Emma McKeon went 52 flat start this year. Mo O’Callaghan won the B final at their trials and is only 15.

Samesame
Reply to  Togger
1 year ago

Plus Natasha Ramsden and Abbey Webb

RMS
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Let’s see if they can back it up at the Olympics. The Aussies seem to choke on the big stage. They have the talent.

Troy
Reply to  RMS
1 year ago

They won it at the last 3 of the last 4 Olympics.

Robbos
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

You just owned RMS with that comment!!!

Troy
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

Shame I totally screwed up editing the comment. Only just now noticed.

What a beast
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

Can’t get it done in the individual tho

Jred
Reply to  RMS
1 year ago

They are the 2 time defending champ in that relay dingus.

Hmm....
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

And disappeared in the 50 and 100 freestyles

Taa
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

Can say the same thing about the US. Name anyone new who has gone under 54 since Rio. Gretchen Walsh this week I hope.

Breezeway
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Only Simone and Mallory can consistently crack 53/54. Seems Abbey is coming back into form but that’s it unless there are some youngsters tracking to break 53/54

CMSWIM
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

How’s the US doing after Simone?

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