Shayna Jack’s return to swimming in doubt after fresh appeal

Legal battles are expected to continue for Queensland swimmer Shayna Jack, with Sport Integrity Australia deciding to drag her alleged doping scandal back through court.

The 22-year-old has spent thousands of dollars fighting to clear her name, after the banned substance Ligandrol was found in her system before the World Swimming Championship in South Korea last year.

After lengthy court battles, the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently ruled that Jack did not intentionally take the banned substance, which had appeared in her system in a miniscule amount.


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Her four year ban was reduced from four to two years, which would allow her to return to the sport next year but not in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

However, that’s all up in the air again now, with Sport Integrity Australia choosing to appeal the two-year ban decision.

“The decision to appeal is based on the need for clarity in the application of key anti-doping legal principles,” SIA’s chief executive David Sharpe said in a statement.

“Sport Integrity Australia will always act to ensure a level playing field for athletes.

“In order to protect athletes and sporting competitions, we must have clarity and consistency in the application of the World Anti-Doping Code,” he said.

SIA isn’t the only organisation that can appeal the decision either, Swimming Australia, the World Anti-Doping Authority and FINA could also appeal.

Jack is yet to speak about the fresh appeal, but posted the following message on social media a few days ago.

 

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