Shayna Jack is free to pursue her competitive swimming career after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed her World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) appeal in the doping case.
The SIA gave Jack a four-year suspension in 2019 after testing positive for the banned substance ligandrol. His sentence was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in November last year.
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WADA and SIA appealed the leniency of the two-year ban a month later, and as that suspension expired in July, he was not allowed to enter the competition while the case was pending.
On Thursday, the swimmer took to social media to express his relief that “the nightmare is finally over.”
“After a struggle of 2 years and 3 months, I finally got my final verdict that my appeal was dismissed by the Arbitration Court,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I am now free to do what I love with no restrictions and I am overwhelmed with joy. Now I’m going to take some time for myself to savor this moment and reflect on what I’ve endured. The nightmare is finally over.
“I would like to thank everyone who stood by me, supported me and helped me overcome this challenge.
“I will talk more in the future, now is not the time… But beware of this gap, this is just the beginning.”
Jack has always claimed that he “did not knowingly take the substance” and would “never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardize my career.”
Jack’s ban and the ensuing appeal cost him the chance to represent Australia at the Tokyo Games, the first Olympics of his career.
She previously won the gold medal in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sports has not yet made an official statement on the matter.