Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has vowed to prove her innocence in her first public comments since returning a positive drug test.
Jack returned positive A and B samples for the banned substance Ligandrol, pulling out of the FINA World Championships just days before they were due to begin.
Initially kept a secret, Swimming Australia came under intense scrutiny after the results were revealed during the World Championships in South Korea, gaining further notoriety in the wake of high-profile anti-doping protests against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang from Jack’s teammate Mack Horton.
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Speaking in Brisbane after meeting with ASADA officials, Jack vowed to clear her name, but did not provide any further details about how the banned substance was found in her system.
“It’s been a really long and emotional day, but we’ve started the process which is really great,” she told media gathered outside.
“I’m really happy with how everything is going.
“I’m not going to stop until I’ve proved my innocence and fight to get myself back in the pool.
“That’s my dream and I’m never going to let that go.”
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Jack declined to comment on how the drug made its way into her system, nor on whether Swimming Australia had instructed her to remain silent once the positive results were returned.
Speaking beside her lawyer, Jack answered only two questions from reporters before a short statement was read by her representative.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation so I can’t clear that with anyone yet,” Jack said.
“We’re still looking into it, but we’re not going to leave any stone unturned.”
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The embattled swimmer refused to be drawn on questions about her relationship with Swimming Australia, insisting the two parties were on good terms.
Swimming Australia were heavily criticised in the days after Jack’s positive test was revealed, after it was reported they had known about the doping violation before Mack Horton began his protest against Sun Yang.
“To be completely honest, Swimming Australia have been nothing but supportive of me, and we’ve been a unit through the whole process,” Jack said.
“Every decision we’ve made has been together, and we’ve been happy with every decision we’ve made.”