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Saturday, 27 July 2019

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Australian swimming is facing accusations of lying and hypocrisy after women's star Shayna Jack was revealed to have failed a drug test.

Jack was sent home from the FINA World Championships campaign, but not for "personal reasons" as was initially claimed by the competitor and Swimming Australia.

Nine News exclusively revealed that Jack had tested positive to a prohibited substance during a training camp in Japan, on June 26, and that Swimming Australia had covered up the news.

It is not yet known which substance Jack tested positive to. The Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay gold medallist claims to have never knowingly taken a banned substance.

It was disastrous timing for Aussie swimming, after Mack Horton led an anti-doping protest against Chinese superstar Sun Yang at the world titles in Gwangju, South Korea.

"It is quite heartbreaking actually," Australian swimming legend Leisel Jones said on the TODAY Show; stressing that Jack was innocent until proven guilty, with a 'B' sample still to be tested.

"We've been so vocal about it all this week, it's been a huge story this whole week. Mack Horton's been so brave and standing up, and we fighting for clean sport. That's what the big protest was about originally ... so it is heartbreaking to see Shayna Jack."

Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping chief executive Richard Ings wrote on Twitter that Horton's stance now looked like a case of "glass houses". He also called out Jack and Swimming Australia for initially presenting an "untruth" to explain her exit from the world championships team.

https://twitter.com/ringsau/status/1155035810426544128?s=20https://twitter.com/ringsau/status/1155129936459386880?s=20

Jack's agent, Phil Stoneman, told The Daily Telegraph that his client had kept quiet about the positive result to avoid overshadowing her teammates at the world titles. He said that Jack, 20, now feared copping added backlash after Horton's protest.

“She would have liked to have come out with this but she would have preferred to have waited in relation to the announcement because she didn’t want to take away from the achievements of the team,” he said.

“She’s vulnerable, she’s devastated. She supports Mack in his situation, she certainly understand her position but she feels that she’s now going to be tarnished with somebody else and she’s done absolutely nothing wrong.

“She’s not a drug taker, she’s not a cheat and she never has been and now she’s going to be accused of something she hasn’t done.”

For US superstar Lilly King, the matter was black and white.

“She’s a drug cheater,” the Olympic champion told reporters in Gwangju. “She has tested positive on a drugs test - doping is doping.”

South Africa's Olympic gold medallist Chad Le Clos suggested that Jack should be banned for life.

"I'm not sure what the case is but my stance is always the same. If you test positive you shouldn't be allowed to swim," he said. "Anybody that takes PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) shouldn't be allowed to swim, simple."

Australian star Cate Campbell, an outspoken critic of Sun, said that the fact Jack was sent home showed that Australia was committed to anti-doping. Sun will face the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September after a bizarre testing incident in which he smashed a vial of his blood with a hammer, and could face a life ban; though he was cleared by a FINA Doping Panel.

"I had absolutely no knowledge of this before tonight," Campbell said of Jack. "All I knew before is that it was a personal matter and we were respecting her privacy.

"I think that we have to respect the process. We stand for clean sport and I think the fact that Shayna isn't here at the moment strengthens that stance." she said.

Yet Chinese media gleefully weighed in on Australia's red-faced moment, having been angered by Horton's stance against Sun. Before the Jack controversy erupted, Sun has branded Horton a "hater".

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Sydney Morning Herald reporter Phil Lutton said that he was asked for comment by gleeful Chinese reporters on the pool deck in Gwangju.

https://twitter.com/phillutton78/status/1155061159541633024?s=20

Former Australian Olympic gold medallist Giaan Rooney said that any protestations of innocence in Jack's case would ring hollow after Horton's boycott of Sun. Former Australian long jumper David Culbert concurred.

https://twitter.com/GiaanRooney/status/1155037783049719808?s=20https://twitter.com/Culbert_Report/status/1155034838564364288?s=20

Swimming World magazine took the angle in international media, with Craig Lord writing that: “The explosive revelation could hardly come at a worse time for Australian swimmers in a week in which Mack Horton and others have been so vocal and visible in their criticism, with others from around the world, of Sun Yang and any who fall foul of the WADA Code.”

Australian swimming is facing accusations of lying and hypocrisy after women's star Shayna Jack was revealed to have failed a drug test.

Jack was sent home from the FINA World Championships campaign, but not for "personal reasons" as was initially claimed by the competitor and Swimming Australia.

Nine News exclusively revealed that Jack had tested positive to a prohibited substance during a training camp in Japan, on June 26, and that Swimming Australia had covered up the news.

It is not yet known which substance Jack tested positive to. The Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay gold medallist claims to have never knowingly taken a banned substance.

It was disastrous timing for Aussie swimming, after Mack Horton led an anti-doping protest against Chinese superstar Sun Yang at the world titles in Gwangju, South Korea.

"It is quite heartbreaking actually," Australian swimming legend Leisel Jones said on the TODAY Show; stressing that Jack was innocent until proven guilty, with a 'B' sample still to be tested.

"We've been so vocal about it all this week, it's been a huge story this whole week. Mack Horton's been so brave and standing up, and we fighting for clean sport. That's what the big protest was about originally ... so it is heartbreaking to see Shayna Jack."

Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping chief executive Richard Ings wrote on Twitter that Horton's stance now looked like a case of "glass houses". He also called out Jack and Swimming Australia for initially presenting an "untruth" to explain her exit from the world championships team.

https://twitter.com/ringsau/status/1155035810426544128?s=20https://twitter.com/ringsau/status/1155129936459386880?s=20

Jack's agent, Phil Stoneman, told The Daily Telegraph that his client had kept quiet about the positive result to avoid overshadowing her teammates at the world titles. He said that Jack, 20, now feared copping added backlash after Horton's protest.

“She would have liked to have come out with this but she would have preferred to have waited in relation to the announcement because she didn’t want to take away from the achievements of the team,” he said.

“She’s vulnerable, she’s devastated. She supports Mack in his situation, she certainly understand her position but she feels that she’s now going to be tarnished with somebody else and she’s done absolutely nothing wrong.

“She’s not a drug taker, she’s not a cheat and she never has been and now she’s going to be accused of something she hasn’t done.”

For US superstar Lilly King, the matter was black and white.

“She’s a drug cheater,” the Olympic champion told reporters in Gwangju. “She has tested positive on a drugs test - doping is doping.”

South Africa's Olympic gold medallist Chad Le Clos suggested that Jack should be banned for life.

"I'm not sure what the case is but my stance is always the same. If you test positive you shouldn't be allowed to swim," he said. "Anybody that takes PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) shouldn't be allowed to swim, simple."

Australian star Cate Campbell, an outspoken critic of Sun, said that the fact Jack was sent home showed that Australia was committed to anti-doping. Sun will face the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September after a bizarre testing incident in which he smashed a vial of his blood with a hammer, and could face a life ban; though he was cleared by a FINA Doping Panel.

"I had absolutely no knowledge of this before tonight," Campbell said of Jack. "All I knew before is that it was a personal matter and we were respecting her privacy.

"I think that we have to respect the process. We stand for clean sport and I think the fact that Shayna isn't here at the moment strengthens that stance." she said.

Yet Chinese media gleefully weighed in on Australia's red-faced moment, having been angered by Horton's stance against Sun. Before the Jack controversy erupted, Sun has branded Horton a "hater".

https://twitter.com/billbirtles/status/1155083224218927106?s=20

Sydney Morning Herald reporter Phil Lutton said that he was asked for comment by gleeful Chinese reporters on the pool deck in Gwangju.

https://twitter.com/phillutton78/status/1155061159541633024?s=20

Former Australian Olympic gold medallist Giaan Rooney said that any protestations of innocence in Jack's case would ring hollow after Horton's boycott of Sun. Former Australian long jumper David Culbert concurred.

https://twitter.com/GiaanRooney/status/1155037783049719808?s=20https://twitter.com/Culbert_Report/status/1155034838564364288?s=20

Swimming World magazine took the angle in international media, with Craig Lord writing that: “The explosive revelation could hardly come at a worse time for Australian swimmers in a week in which Mack Horton and others have been so vocal and visible in their criticism, with others from around the world, of Sun Yang and any who fall foul of the WADA Code.”

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