22nd May 2020

Sport Integrity Briefs – 22 May 2020

Shayna Jack has announced that she has ‘received notice’ regarding her decision to challenge a four year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and Swimming Australia didn’t announce the imposition of the ban, which was reported by SwimSwam. She blamed contaminated supplements after reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Lingradol (LGD-4033) in July last year. ‘Despite a lifetime of competing clean and knowing that I had not used any prohibited substance, my life changed in an instance and I was pitchforked into an unknown world of lawyers, politics and machinations that was completely foreign to me’, wrote Jack on Instagram, echoing sentiments reported by Mark Dry in his recent case. ‘The process has been extremely arduous and debilitating at times. There are many aspects of the anti-doping system that are seriously flawed but possibly the worst element is the presumption of guilt that one has to bear. What sort of system infers that you are guilty of an alleged breach and the responsibility falls on you to prove your innocence?’

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Now the real fight begins. Today I received further notice in relation to my hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Nearly twelve months ago, my world was turned upside down due to allegations of using a prohibited substance in my sport. Despite a lifetime of competing clean and knowing that I had not used any prohibited substance, my life changed in an instance and I was pitchforked into an unknown world of lawyers, politics and machinations that was completely foreign to me. The process has been extremely arduous and debilitating at times. There are many aspects of the anti-doping system that are seriously flawed but possibly the worst element is the presumption of guilt that one has to bear. What sort of system infers that you are guilty of an alleged breach and the responsibility falls on you to prove your innocence? Now though, I have an opportunity to stand and fight for my career and reputation. I intend to win this fight and put myself back in the pool and reclaim my position as a member of the Australian swim team. Everyone knows what it is like to have something precious taken away from them and I am no different. However, regaining my team membership and opportunity to competitively swim again is not my sole objective. Throughout this ordeal, I have learnt a considerable amount about myself. I learnt that the purest pursuit for me was my sport of swimming. I learnt that my individuality and uniqueness was the grounds for my underlying strength. I became acutely aware of my residual determination and my absolute and all-encompassing desire for the truth to be revealed. My understanding of the value of positive mental health and the benefits of a strong and positive mind was reinforced. My belief in who I am and what I stand for was fortified and my understanding of how my message is one to be shared with others was cemented. Not everyone will fight a flawed system and find themselves ostracised from their friends and support group for something they did not do. If you do though, stand up and fight and know that your honour will always be defended if you tell the truth.

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• Reanalysis of a sample taken from Luis Ricardo Villalobos Hernandez on 25 April 2019 has resulted in an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for GHRP-6, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced. The UCI said that the sample was reanalysed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and relates to Hernandez’s time with Team Avelo. 

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal from Grenadian sprinter Bralon Taplin against a four year ban issued for evading a doping test. The CAS found that on 13 April 2019, at the Grenada Invitational, Taplin was informed by a chaperone that he must undergo doping control, however he left the stadium and flew home the next day.

• The International Cycling Union (UCI) has sanctioned Jarlinson Pantano Gómez with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving recombinant erythropoietin (EPO). The Colombian retired in June last year, after the UCI announced the adverse analytical finding (AAF) in April.

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