Swimming: Australia's Shayna Jack admits to positive dope test

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack admitted that she tested positive for a banned substance in an Instagram post on July 27, 2019.
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack admitted that she tested positive for a banned substance in an Instagram post on July 27, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

GWANGJU (REUTERS) - Shayna Jack, who withdrew from the Australia team before the start of the ongoing swimming world championships, admitted to testing positive for a banned substance on Saturday (July 27).

The 20-year-old freestyle swimmer, who won two relay silvers and a bronze at the 2017 world championships, made the admission in an Instagram post.

"It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system," she wrote.

"I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career.

"Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body."

The admission will be an embarrassment for Australian swimming with her teammate Mack Horton having played a leading role in the protests against the presence of Sun Yang, who has a doping case pending at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Gwangju.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a picture can not describe the amount of pain and vulnerability I am feeling right now. It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system. I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career. Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body. I would appreciate if you respect my privacy as this is very hard for me to cope with