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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Fresh doping ban provides hope for Jack


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A case involving a US athlete testing positive to the banned anabolic agent Ligandrol could provide some hope for Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, as she battles to save her career.

Jack is facing a four-year ban after testing positive to Ligandrol during an Australian swim camp last month ahead of the world championships in South Korea. She faces a maximum penalty of four years out of the sport if found guilty, effectively ending her career.

And while most cases in recent history have suggested anti-doping agencies have not been lenient when adjudicating individual cases, a specific case dealt with this week by USADA has shown how athletes can mistakenly take substance without even knowing.

Shayna Jack.

The US anti-doping agency announced on Monday that Olympic karate hopeful Joane Orbon would be banned for nine months for testing positive for di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, which is a metabolite of Lignadrol.

The reduced ban was handed down because the 24-year-old was able to prove that her positive test was brought about by a contaminated dietary supplement. Orbon provided USADA with details of the supplement in question, which she said she had been using when she provided a urine sample.

A WADA accredited lab found evidence of some contaminated batches of the product and that the banned supplement in question wasn't listed on the label. As a result USADA took into account the irregularities and cut the proposed ban.

The case will provide Jack with a strong precedent to prove she didn't knowingly take a banned substance but cases over the years have failed to soften the stance of anti-doping authorities.

Most athletes facing similar sanctions for the same drug have been hit with four year bans. Although, Japanese swimmer Junya Koga recently had his suspension reduced to two years after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A case involving a US athlete testing positive to the banned anabolic agent Ligandrol could provide some hope for Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, as she battles to save her career.

Jack is facing a four-year ban after testing positive to Ligandrol during an Australian swim camp last month ahead of the world championships in South Korea. She faces a maximum penalty of four years out of the sport if found guilty, effectively ending her career.

And while most cases in recent history have suggested anti-doping agencies have not been lenient when adjudicating individual cases, a specific case dealt with this week by USADA has shown how athletes can mistakenly take substance without even knowing.

Shayna Jack.

The US anti-doping agency announced on Monday that Olympic karate hopeful Joane Orbon would be banned for nine months for testing positive for di-hydroxy-LGD-4033, which is a metabolite of Lignadrol.

The reduced ban was handed down because the 24-year-old was able to prove that her positive test was brought about by a contaminated dietary supplement. Orbon provided USADA with details of the supplement in question, which she said she had been using when she provided a urine sample.

A WADA accredited lab found evidence of some contaminated batches of the product and that the banned supplement in question wasn't listed on the label. As a result USADA took into account the irregularities and cut the proposed ban.

The case will provide Jack with a strong precedent to prove she didn't knowingly take a banned substance but cases over the years have failed to soften the stance of anti-doping authorities.

Most athletes facing similar sanctions for the same drug have been hit with four year bans. Although, Japanese swimmer Junya Koga recently had his suspension reduced to two years after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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