WADA, Sport Integrity Australia’s Shayna Jack Appeal Hearing Set For June

Earlier this month we reported how banned Aussie swimmer Shayna Jack was diving back into the pool, training in her native country for the first time since her doping ordeal began. The 22-year-old is currently serving a 2-year ban for having tested positive for the banned substance Ligandrol back in 2019.

You can read the backstory of Jack’s situation here.

Jack’s original four-year ban was reduced to two years, backdated to July 12, 2019. That means her suspension will be lifted in the same month as the postponed Olympic Games, eliminating the possibility of Jack participating in Tokyo.

Her happiness in returning to even just working out in the pool, however, may indeed be short-lived as we now know the dates of her pending appeals. The World Anti-Doping Agency, as well as Sport Integrity Australia, are challenging the reduction in her original 4-year ban down to 2 years, with the hearings set to take place over June 28th and 29th of this year.

As a refresher from our report in December, SIA lodged a statement of appeal in the CAS, asking for reinstatement of the original 4-year ban. The organization’s CEO David Sharpe said at the time that the decision to appeal is based on the need for clarity in the application of key anti-doping legal principles.

“Sport Integrity Australia will always act to ensure a level playing field for athletes,” said Sharpe in a press release.  “In order to protect athletes and sporting competitions, we must have clarity and consistency in the application of the World Anti-Doping Code.

You can read more on their reasoning here.

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4 months ago

I would love to have all eight of the current Americans under 158 at the Olympics qualify in some event that way the American woman have depth for the relay and if needed can do a complete relay swap to have its four fresh’s swimmers for the final, that way they have their best chance to win

Reply to  Swimfan
4 months ago

Also they can put whoever is fresh and on fire that day

Reply to  Swimfan
4 months ago

wrong article?

Reply to  Swimfan
4 months ago

Sir! This is a Wendy’s, we don’t serve Whoppers!

old swimmer
Reply to  Swimfan
4 months ago

What does this have to do with the content of this article? It’s about Shayna Jack, not the US swimmers. That being said, I have faith that the US women’s relay will do great!

Reply to  old swimmer
4 months ago

the article they meant to reply to was directly below this one, simple error.

Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

The article seems to imply she cannot even work out during her ban. Is that the intent?

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 months ago

From the WADA reference guide:

Ineligibility means exactly what it says – you cannot take part in any competition or the activities of an International Federation, its member national federations or their member clubs. This includes training with your club or team or using facilities that are linked with your club or team. 

As far as I’m aware a banned athlete can still work out independently.

4 months ago

“Consistency in the application of the World Anti-Doping Code”. That would be great.

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