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.