Aussie swimmer Shayna Jack breaks silence after failing drug test

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has revealed the banned substance that led to her suspension from the World Swimming Titles.

In a lengthy statement on social media, the 20-year-old explained the shock she felt when she was informed by ASADA that she had tested positive to Ligandrol, a selective androgen receptor modulator that can be found in contaminated supplements.

“I felt my heart break instantaneously,” an emotional Jack wrote.


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“I couldn’t breathe to answer her next couple of questions. There was nothing I could do at that moment, nothing the people around me could do to help me.

“I was in complete shock, asking myself how and why is this happening to me.

“My brain repeated over and over: ‘I have always checked my substances’, ‘I didn’t do this’, ‘why is this happening to me?’, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’.”

It comes as Swimming Australia confirmed the failed drug test, after initially claiming Jack was absent due to “personal reasons”.

“Swimming Australia tonight confirmed that swimmer Shayna Jack has been notified by ASADA of an adverse test result following a routine out-of-competition drug test conducted by ASADA testers on June 26, 2019,” the statement said.

“Once Swimming Australia was made aware of the adverse test result, it immediately took action – in accordance with the national policy – to provisionally suspend Shayna from the Australian swim team while a process was underway and accompanied her back to Australia from a training camp being held in Japan.”

Jack has vowed to clear her name, and get to the bottom of how the banned substance.

“Reminding myself of why I swim and why I want to be in the Australian team is what has kept me fighting. The day I found out was the day I began my fight to prove my innocence,” she said.

Myself, along with my lawyer, management team, doctor and family have been working continuously to not only prove my innocence but to try to find out how this substance has come into contact with me, to ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else, as I wouldn’t wish this experience on my worst enemy.”

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