Fresh doping sanction in US could bolster Shayna Jack’s case

A ray of light has emerged for swimmer Shayna Jack as she fights to save her career after testing positive to the banned anabolic agent Ligandrol.

The 20-year-old was sent home from a training camp in Japan ahead of last month's FINA World Championships in Korea and could face as long as four years out of the sport if ASADA hit her with the maximum penalty.

Swimmer Shayna Jack (left) and her mother Pauline leave the briefing with ASADA  earlier this month.

Swimmer Shayna Jack (left) and her mother Pauline leave the briefing with ASADA earlier this month.Credit:AAP

Anti-doping agencies have had little inclination to show leniency to those caught with the selective androgen receptor modulator, known as LGD-4033, in their system. Most have been given four-year bans, while Japanese swimmer Junya Koga recently had his suspension reduced to two years after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Even that length of time would represent a huge setback for Jack, but a new case from the United States will give her legal team more than a glimmer of hope should they adopt a similar defence when they present their case to ASADA over the coming weeks or months.


On Monday, USADA, the American anti-doping body, announced that Olympic karate hopeful Joane Orbon had been banned for nine months following her positive test for di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, which is a metabolite of LGD-4033 – the same substance that has landed Jack in hot water.

The 24-year-old was able to convince USADA that the adverse outcome to her in-competition test in January was the result of a contaminated dietary supplement. Orbon was able to provide USADA with details of the supplement in question, which she said she had been using when she provided a urine sample.

A lab accredited by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) was able to find evidence of LGD-4033 in some contaminated batches of the product in question. It had not been listed on the label and the contamination was taken into account when USADA handed down their final sanction.

Jack has suggested that a supplement may have been a factor in her tests, which were taken during a training camp in Cairns before she left with the Australian team for Japan. Her lawyer, Melbourne anti-doping specialist Paul Horvath, has not disclosed their defence publicly.

Like Orbon, they would need to provide detailed information about potential sources of contamination and hope any investigations would unearth evidence that Jack had ingested thRead More – Source