Mack Horton breaks his silence about Shayna Jack's doping scandal

Mack Horton broke his silence about revelations teammate Shayna Jack after a drug test following his anti-doping protest against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang.

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The 23-year-old came under fire at the World Championships in South Korea last Sunday when he refused to stand next to Yang on the podium after winning a silver medal.

Just a few days later, Horton was left in an uncomfortable position after news had positively tested his fellow dolphin team member Jack, 20, for drug Ligandrol, forcing her to withdraw from the competition.

But despite the controversy, Horton said that Jack's positive test had not changed his position with regard to doping, and said he supported the decision to withdraw Jack from the race.

Silver medalist Mack Horton from Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the 400 m freestyle men's final on day one of the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships

Clumsy: Mack Horton said the positive test of teammate Shayna Jack had not changed his position on doping, and said he supported the decision to withdraw Jack from the competition

Clumsy: Mack Horton said the positive test of teammate Shayna Jack had not changed his position on doping, and said he supported the decision to withdraw Jack from the competition

Clumsy: Mack Horton said the positive test of teammate Shayna Jack had not changed his position on doping, and said he supported the decision to withdraw Jack from the competition

Revelations of Jack's reason to withdraw from the swimming event came after swimmer Mack Horton (left) protested against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang (center)
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Revelations of Jack's reason to withdraw from the swimming event came after swimmer Mack Horton (left) protested against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang (center)

Revelations of Jack's reason to withdraw from the swimming event came after swimmer Mack Horton (left) protested against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang (center)

& # 39; I was disappointed to hear late yesterday that a fellow team member from Dolphins had recently returned a positive A sample, & # 39; said Horton.

& # 39; I welcome the decision to immediately remove the relevant athlete from further competition until this issue is resolved.

& # 39; My position remains strong – clean sport must be a priority for all athletes, all sports and all countries. & # 39;

Australia's swimming leader, Leigh Russell, admitted that she & # 39; distressed & # 39; was when he showed Horton his protest, knowing that Jack had been guilty of the doping.

Jack initially failed her test on June 26, but Russell could not disclose the results under SA and the confidentiality rules of the national anti-doping organization ASADA.

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Russell described the situation as a & # 39; difficult & # 39 ;.

& # 39; I absolutely support Mack. He has the right to say and do about an issue that he is passionate about and so do we. This did not change our thinking about a zero tolerance approach or our policy & # 39 ;, she told Nine.

& # 39; But I certainly watched Mack (protest), worried about what would happen to both Shayna and Mack in the coming days and week (as soon as the news about the positive test became known). & # 39;

Jack addressed the scandal on Sunday and is adamant that she has no idea how the substance was in her body and will fight to keep her hope alive at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

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Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

Shayna Jack dreamed of representing her country on the world stage since she was two years old

She has shared a sponsored Spotify post

She has shared a sponsored Spotify post

She has also shared protein shakes that she enjoys

She has also shared protein shakes that she enjoys

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The rising sportswoman is also an avid participant on social media and shares sponsored messages

She begged her followers to understand that she had nothing to gain and everything to lose by eating prohibited substances before the debut of the 2019 World Championships, where athletes are tested daily.

The young athlete has devoted her life to swimming as long as she can remember, and has had opportunities that others of her age could only dream of – as a result of her hard work and pure talent.

Her social media channels are filled with international journeys for her sport.

Jack has recently traveled to the United States, Budapest, Tokyo, Hawaii and various locations in Australia in the name of her sport.

The 20-year-old is the newest rising star who is embroiled in a doping scandal and tested positive for Ligandrol last month during a routine drug test (shown during a training trip in Phuket)
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The 20-year-old is the newest rising star who is embroiled in a doping scandal and tested positive for Ligandrol last month during a routine drug test (shown during a training trip in Phuket)

The 20-year-old is the newest rising star who is embroiled in a doping scandal and tested positive for Ligandrol last month during a routine drug test (shown during a training trip in Phuket)

Jack (left) debuted for Australia in 2017, where she won two silvers in Budapest, but gained credibility when she swam with the sisters in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Pan Pacifics to get a gold team medal

Jack (left) debuted for Australia in 2017, where she won two silvers in Budapest, but gained credibility when she swam with the sisters in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Pan Pacifics to get a gold team medal

Jack (left) debuted for Australia in 2017, where she won two silvers in Budapest, but gained credibility when she swam with the sisters in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Pan Pacifics to get a gold team medal

& # 39; I love traveling the world, & # 39; she said earlier.

& # 39; I have been to so many different places. Some of my friends have not even left the country, so that is really special for me. & # 39;

Like many millennials – Jack & # 39; s entire teenage life is documented on her Instagram account, from formal dances to international outings and her many swimming achievements.

With 15,000 followers before the scandal broke out, Jack was already an up-and-coming Instagram influencer, who made deals with koala mattresses and teeth whitening from Hi-Smile.

Her social media have also linked her to brands such as Hyundai, McDonald & McHappy Day, Spotify and various protein shakes.

Her social media have also linked her to brands such as Hyundai, McDonalds McHappy Day (photo), Spotify and various protein shakes

Her social media have also linked her to brands such as Hyundai, McDonalds McHappy Day (photo), Spotify and various protein shakes

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Her social media have also linked her to brands such as Hyundai, McDonalds McHappy Day (photo), Spotify and various protein shakes

The young freestyler is friends with the Campbell sisters - royalty in the modern Australian competitive swimming age

The young freestyler is friends with the Campbell sisters - royalty in the modern Australian competitive swimming age

The young freestyler is friends with the Campbell sisters – royalty in the modern Australian competitive swimming age

She has received more than 3,000 new followers in a few hours after the doping charges - and that number continues to grow (photo: Jack with her friend Joel Rintala)

She has received more than 3,000 new followers in a few hours after the doping charges - and that number continues to grow (photo: Jack with her friend Joel Rintala)

She has received more than 3,000 new followers in a few hours after the doping charges – and that number continues to grow (photo: Jack with her friend Joel Rintala)

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Since the scandal and despite considerable public repercussions, Jack's online stardom seems to be increasing.

She has had more than 3,000 new followers in a few hours and that number continues to grow.

The young freestyler is friends with the Campbell sisters – royalty in the modern Australian swimming age.

Jack debuted for Australia in 2017, where she won two silvers in Budapest, but gained credibility when she swam with the sisters in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Pan Pacifics to get a gold team medal.

As an avid rider and animal lover, Jack refused to place all her eggs in one basket, despite the promising swimming career she had forged in her early years.

She often spends her free time volunteering or visiting local RSPCA animal shelters
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She often spends her free time volunteering or visiting local RSPCA animal shelters

She often spends her free time volunteering or visiting local RSPCA animal shelters

WHAT IS LIGANDROL?

Ligandrol is a little-known drug that is favored by bodybuilders to repair worn muscles.

It is known that it increases muscle mass.

The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials and is believed to be found only on the black market.

It is marketed as a possible treatment for osteoporosis and muscle degradation disorders.

Jack insists that the drug can be found in & # 39; contaminated supplements & # 39 ;.

She often spends her free time volunteering or visiting local RSPCA animal shelters and is currently working on a business degree in sports management, where she is getting ready for a life after her sports career has ended.

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The Olympic Hopeful 2020 said earlier that she would work for a job within Swimming Australia after her career as an athlete, maybe as a manager or masseuse, she said.

But Jack is now in the fight of her career to support her statements that she did not intentionally consume Ligandrol forbidden substance prior to the biggest competition outside the Olympics.

& # 39; I have not and would not cheat, & # 39; she said in a statement on Sunday evening.

& # 39; I will continue to fight to clear my name. Why should I give myself this misery and run the risk of jeopardizing my career and my character? & # 39; she asked.

Jack is now in the fight of her career to support her statements that she has not intentionally consumed Ligandrol substance prior to the largest competition outside the Olympic Games (shown during a trip to Hawaii)

Jack is now in the fight of her career to support her statements that she has not intentionally consumed Ligandrol substance prior to the largest competition outside the Olympic Games (shown during a trip to Hawaii)

Jack is now in the fight of her career to support her statements that she has not intentionally consumed Ligandrol substance prior to the largest competition outside the Olympic Games (shown during a trip to Hawaii)

Shayna Jack & # 39; s full statement after testing positive to illegal substance

On July 12, I was called to the head of Swimming Australia's head coach; I just went shopping with my teammate. Unaware of what I encountered, I was as always happy and buzzing.

That all changed when I walked through the door to hear that ASADA had called. My brain immediately panicked, something was wrong, I had never missed a test, it was not my time, so why would they want me?

I sat down, waiting for ASADA to answer my call, and then a female voice said those frightening words to every athlete: “We have tested your sample and it has returned positively to a prohibited substance.”

I felt my heart break immediately. I couldn't breathe to answer her next few questions. At that moment I could do nothing, nothing that the people around me could do to help me.

I wanted to open up to my teammates and discuss what happened to them.

I was completely in shock and wondered how and why this happened to me. My brain repeated again and again: & # 39; I have always checked my substances & # 39 ;, & # 39; I have not done this & # 39 ;, & # 39; Why does this happen to me? & # 39 ;, & # 39; I have done nothing wrong & # 39 ;.

I could still hear the woman in the background on the phone, talk more about what's going on and that I should leave the camp and return home, because I immediately received a provisional suspension until the & # 39; B- sample & # 39; was tested.

She also explained what had been found in my system, I had never heard of it, let alone that I could pronounce it; she said it & # 39; Ligandrol & # 39; used to be. I now know that this can be found in contaminated supplements.

After many hours of crying and feeling so helpless, I managed to pack my bags and I went for a 8 km walk with my coach, Dean Boxall, while the team was informed of my departure, without any indication of why. I wanted to open up and discuss with them what had happened.

I felt so vulnerable. But I knew they had to focus on themselves and continue to represent Australia without me on the team. I respect my teammates and my sport too much to take their moment away, so I returned home and said nothing.

Upon returning home I felt more sadness than ever in my 20-year life. When I saw my parents, brothers, friend and grandmother, I fell apart into a million pieces because it was so hard for me to deal with.

I have not intentionally taken this substance; I didn't even know it was in my system. It just didn't make sense and it still doesn't. On Friday, July 19, my & # 39; B monster & # 39; results within.

I felt that I had hoped that I had not used this substance and that it was all a mistake during testing and that I could return to compete for my country and with the team, but that was not the case.

When I read the results, my brain couldn't even understand what I was seeing. I had to reread it several times before I felt the same pain and sorrow again. I immediately turned to my grandmother, who was with me at the time and wailed. No longer holding my legs up, I fell to the floor.

I haven't slept much since then and I feel a sense of emptiness. I think of what I worked so hard to take away from me, and I had done nothing wrong.

Since I was 10 years old, I wanted to be part of the Australian swimming team to represent my country. I never swam for the medals; they were always an added bonus. I swam for the feeling that you get when you stand behind the blocks in a golden cap.

The feeling you get when you race in a relay race with a group of great women and feel a sense of purpose and success. I am proud to be the woman young girls look up and want to be, not for the medals I win, but for the way I present myself day in and day out around the pool and in everyday life.

Now I have the feeling that all that can be removed because of some kind of pollution; no athlete is safe from the risks of contamination. Reminding myself why I swim and why I want to be on the Australian team is what kept me fighting.

The day I found out was the day I started my fight to prove my innocence. I, along with my lawyer, management team, doctor and family, have worked continuously to not only prove my innocence, but also to find out how this substance came into contact with me, to ensure that it doesn't happen to anyone else because I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy.

Every day I wake up and I have a roller coaster of one day. Some days I am okay and others not. This will be an ongoing challenge, not just to try to prove my innocence to ensure that I can train again for the dream I have had since I was a little girl, but also the challenge to face the judgment of people who don't know me; people who simply assume the worst.

I shouldn't defend my reputation because I know I didn't do this.

I have watched and supported every member of the Australian swimming team during the World Championships. I was inconsolable when I watched my teammate, Ariane Titmus, win the 400 freestyle, and my teammates did an excellent job in the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays, because they were both relays I had hoped for during my time at Worlds.

I trained hard to race there and support the team, but I understood the rules of ASADA and I followed all their processes. Deep inside, I feel like I don't have to defend my reputation because I know I didn't do this.

I have never missed a random drug test and I always have my whereabouts up-to-date. In Australia, in a sport like swimming, I have the feeling that an athlete cannot deliberately take a prohibited substance in any way and cannot get caught. I get tested about every four to six weeks, so why should I take something banned and do this for myself?

Especially in the run-up to the competition where I could be tested daily. Why should I give myself this misery and run the risk of jeopardizing my career and my character? I have not and would not cheat and will continue to fight to clear my name.

It was assumed that Jack had waited for the B sample results after he had passed a drug test and was sent home from the world title team heading to South Korea.

But the 20-year-old posted on social media on Sunday that it had returned positively on July 19 – two days before the world swim titles began.

Ligandrol is a drug popular with bodybuilders and is used for repairing worn muscles and increasing muscle mass.

& # 39; On Friday July 19, my & # 39; B sample & # 39; results in, & # 39; placed them.

Jack has also recently worked with Koala mattresses on her Instagram

Jack has also recently worked with Koala mattresses on her Instagram

Jack has also recently worked with Koala mattresses on her Instagram

& # 39; I felt that I hoped I had not used this substance and that it was all a mistake during testing and that I could return to compete for my country and with the team, but that was not the case .

& # 39; When I read the results, my brain couldn't even understand what I was seeing. & # 39;

Jack said she had never heard of Ligandrol, let alone knew how to pronounce it, but believed it was found in & # 39; soiled supplements & # 39 ;.

She protested against her innocence and promised to erase her name with the help of a lawyer and her management, while being confronted with an ASADA ban that would almost certainly put her off the mark for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

& # 39; Deep inside, I feel like I don't have to defend my reputation because I know I didn't do this, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; I get tested about every four to six weeks, so why should I take something banned and do this to myself?

Swimming CEO Leigh Russell described the result as & # 39; bitterly disappointing & # 39; and a & # 39; shame & # 39; for the legacy of the national swimming team.

Her announcement comes after teammate Mack Horton took away criticism for refusing to stand next to the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in a provocative protest against doping at the World Championships in South Korea.

Sun narrowly defeated Olympic champion Horton to claim his fourth straight 400m freestyle world title during the opening night of the eight-day event on Sunday.

Horton, 23, accepted his silver medal, but did not stand on the podium next to Sun as the Chinese national anthem played – nor did he pose for photos with his rival.

Her announcement comes after teammate Mack Horton has taken away criticism for refusing to stand next to the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in a challenging protest against doping at the World Championships in South Korea

Her announcement comes after teammate Mack Horton has taken away criticism for refusing to stand next to the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in a challenging protest against doping at the World Championships in South Korea

Her announcement comes after teammate Mack Horton has taken away criticism for refusing to stand next to the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in a challenging protest against doping at the World Championships in South Korea

How Swimming Australia & # 39; distressed & # 39; was when he saw Mack Horton's protest – knowing about Shayna Jack's positive test

Australia's swimming leader Leigh Russell was sad when Mack Horton stepped up his world title anti-doping protest in South Korea, knowing that Shayna Jack had tested positive.

But one of the few others who was aware of Jack's situation at the time, Australian team coach Jacco Verhaeren, says he didn't feel uncomfortable and would have joined Horton's podium protest if he could.

Jack was sent home from the team training world championships in Japan after initially passing a drug test on June 26.

She sensationally revealed through social media on Sunday that her B monster on July 19 had also tested positive for Ligandrol, a non-steroidal anabolic substance that is popular with bodybuilders.

Russell said that the confidentiality required by SA & # 39; s agreement with the national anti-doping institute ASADA did not allow it to reveal Jack's first positive test.

Australian team swimmers competing in the South Korea World Championships were not told about her positive A monster until the news broke out Saturday, a month later.

Russell said she understood that Jack was planning to reveal the A-positive test later this week, after the world titles ended, when it would not be a distraction for the dolphins.

But Russell acknowledged that he & # 39; is concerned & # 39; felt when Horton ran a podium protest last weekend against the controversial Chinese star Sun Yang, who served a doping ban for 2014.

Asked if she would have her & # 39; head in her hands & # 39; when Horton did not recognize Sun, Russell said: & yes, it was so difficult.

& # 39; I absolutely support Mack. He has the right to say and do about an issue that he is passionate about and so do we. This has not changed our thinking about a zero tolerance approach or our policy.

& # 39; But I certainly watched Mack (protest), worried about what would happen to both Shayna and Mack in the coming days and week (as soon as the news about the positive test became known). & # 39;

Verhaeren did not believe that Jack's positive test had affected Horton's protest message and claimed that the Olympic champion would still have done it if he knew about Jack's test.

& # 39; The question will be asked & # 39; should he have done that? & # 39 ;, & # 39; Said Verhaeren in Gwangju.

& # 39; I think so, because that is also a completely different subject. This is about someone who stands up for clean sport and we still do that today.

& # 39; If the encounter began tomorrow with this knowledge, he would stay there again and if I could I would stand beside him. & # 39;

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