Banned swimmer Shayna Jack may be able to compete in Tokyo Olympics reeling from proposal that would revoke her drug suspension
- Jack, 22, tested positive for the muscle-building substance Ligandrol in July 2019
- She was initially banned from swimming for four years, but that was cut in half
- Jack could compete in next year’s Tokyo Olympics thanks to a proposal
- The proposal aims to end the ban on athletes due to low levels of banned substances
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack could make it to next year’s Tokyo Olympics with a shock proposal that could overturn her drug suspension.
Jack, 22, was banned from the sport for four years after testing positive for black market muscle builder Ligandrol’s ban in July 2019.
On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut its four-year doping ban in half after concluding ‘on a balance of probabilities that Shayna Jack did not intentionally ingest Ligandrol’ – meaning she can return swim next July.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has since appointed a panel to assess a proposal that would end the ban on athletes who accidentally test positive for low levels of banned substances, the Daily Telegraph reported.
If the proposal is approved, it could mean the 22-year-old freestyler could return to the pool in time for the Olympics, if approved in time.
Shayna Jack, 22, was banned from the sport for four years after testing positive for black market banned Ligandrol muscle builder in July 2019.
Jack’s suspension will end on July 12 next year – just 11 days before the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
However, the 22-year-old will miss the start of the Australian trials for the Olympic team by just one month.
Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, leads the group evaluating the proposal and believes the rules need to be changed to catch athletes who intentionally cheat and not those who accidentally test positive.
“ I haven’t seen the full decision on Shayna Jack’s case so I can’t comment on it but dealing with all the weed cases that are at low, low levels is not the same as the intentionally sponsored Russian state. [doping]”, He told the publication.
He said that would not mean that those responsible for doping would be ‘light on intentional cheaters’.
“It’s about making sure that we don’t carry innocent athletes, because any system that is willing to do it more frequently than catching intentional cheaters is a system that cannot sustain itself,” a- he declared.
Jack’s suspension will end on July 12 next year – just 11 days before the Olympics opening ceremony
Shayna Jack (pictured) has endured 17 months of hell since testing positive for black market banned Ligandrol muscle builder in July 2019
Jack was reportedly allowed to train alongside his Dolphins teammates two months before his suspension ended.
This means that she would only need her ban reduced by 31 days to be able to swim in the trials.
Jack was sent home from disgrace from the 2019 World Championships in South Korea after her sample results from a competition in Cairns earlier this year.
She went to great lengths to prove her innocence, including cutting strands of hair for samples and having her teeth whitener tested to see where the traces of the substance came from.
But instead, she underwent a grueling 17-month public exam and was labeled a “ drug cheat, ” while maintaining that she would never take performance-enhancing drugs.
The 22-year-old was sent home ahead of the FINA World Championships in South Korea in 209 after returning a positive drug sample from a competition in Cairns in 2019.
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack (left) arrives with her mother Pauline for an audition with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency in August 2019
The traces of ligandrol found in her system were ruled by one report as “ pharmaceutically irrelevant, ” but Jack still had a doping violation recorded against her.
Mr Tygart, who made Lance Armstrong famous for using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career, said the international drug testing system was a “sham”.
Russian competitive swimmer Yulia Efitmova tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2014 and was banned for 16 months. She was also allowed to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Madilyn Nickles, a Californian softball player tested positive for the same substance that saw Jack banned from the pool for two years.
Nickles was infected after having sex with her boyfriend who was prescribed drugs with traces of ligandrol – but she was never suspended.
“It’s the ultimate bureaucracy without caring or genuinely caring about the effectiveness of the program, but only accumulates positives,” Tygart said.
WHAT IS LIGANDROL?
Lisandrol significantly increases muscle mass.
This is what pharmacists call a selective androgen receptor modulator (MRSA).
These drugs bind to specific sites in skeletal muscles. There, they initiate a cascade of processes that alter the expression of different genes in the DNA of muscle cells. The end effect is increased repair and muscle growth.
This means that Ligandrol works the same way as testosterone and anabolic steroids, although SARMs generally have fewer side effects.
Typical side effects of anabolic steroids can include short-term aggression and violence, acne and sleep disturbances, as well as long-term effects such as liver and kidney damage, depression and depression. arterial hypertension.
Because Ligandrol can potentially be used to gain an advantage in competitive sports, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has placed the drug on its ban list.
Source: University of Sydney