Shayna Jack’s swimming career has been saved after the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS) reduced her four-year steroids ban to acquit her defense of not intentionally taking the banned Ligandrol drug.
The 22-year-old was sent home from the Australian camp ahead of the FINA World Championships in South Korea in 2019 after returning a positive sample taken from a training camp in Cairns in June that year.
Jack was shocked by the discovery and maintained from the start that she would never take performance-enhancing drugs. Ligandrol is a SARM (a selective androgen receptor modulator), which is said to add muscle mass without the side effects of steroids.
Everything was revealed amid dramatic scenes in Korea when Mac Horton staged a podium protest against now-banned Chinese superstar Sun Yang.. The Australians were classified as hypocrites when news leaked of Jack’s positive test later that week.
She pleaded innocence from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority but was banned for a maximum of four years, which would have effectively ended her swimming career. After an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September, the court deemed Jack to be honest and reliable and reduced her ban to two years, meaning that she could train with St Peters Western team under star coach Dean Boxall in July of next year.. .
Her legal team was unable to provide conclusive evidence that would have acquitted her and there is still no firm idea how the material entered her system. But the Ligandrol concentrations that she recorded were minimal, and the single arbitrator in the case found her testimony convincing and that the ingestion was accidental.
In its ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said: “The sole arbitrator responsible for this matter, in the balance of probabilities, found that China Jack had not intentionally taken Ligandrol and considered that it bore the burden of proving that the anti-doping rule was not the intentional violation. As a result, the sole arbitrator imposed a reduced period of disqualification for two years, beginning on the date of its temporary suspension (12 July)..
In a statement posted on its social media channels, Jack said the CAS « has confirmed in emphatic terms that I have not used Ligandrol on purpose, knowingly, or recklessly in any way. ». There was no evidence my defendants presented how this substance entered my system.
“I accept this decision positively and with gratitude that my career as a swimmer will resume next year. I never doubted myself for a minute during this ordeal and never let my integrity be exposed.
It is too late for Jack to hold the rescheduled Tokyo 2021 Games, but it will still be good news for Queenslander, who has been described by media departments as « a shame. ». The paparazzi even camped outside her home, taking pictures of her moving the boxes.
In a statement released Monday evening, Sport Integrity Australia (the new anti-doping peak authority) said it « acknowledges the CAS decision » and is bound by global anti-doping law in issuing the initial penalty. .
The SIA has 21 days to file an appeal on the CAS result. SIA CEO David Sharp said the agency « will study the decision in more detail before making any further comment. ».
Jack was a star in the rise of Australian swimming. The talented freestyle sprinter was following in the footsteps of her idols Kate and Bronte Campbell and part of a record-breaking 4x100m relay team..
But her test result left her shattered because she suddenly switched from a swimmer who was largely under the radar to front page news..
She told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last December that the Internet trolls had asked her to end her life and that the ordeal had left her emotionally and mentally shattered..
“The only reason I knew that [positive test result] was not available is because someone commented on a picture that I am a drug scammer and I should kill myself. Jack said, « For me to see something like this, it ruined me. ».
“I remember posting [statement] on Instagram, then crying and crying until my tears faded. Nobody understood how much it shattered me. I’m still broken.
Jack considered a move away from the sport. It likely would have done so if the CAS had upheld Doping’s initial ruling. Now she will get a second chance at a sport that she dedicated her life to and is likely to fulfill her Olympic dreams in Paris in 2024..
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