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Contamination cases: Is the ‘narrow corridor’ for athletes starting to widen? (the Shayna Jack first instance decision)

Contamination cases: Is the ‘narrow corridor’ for athletes starting to widen? (the Shayna Jack first instance decision)
Wednesday, 28 April 2021 By Mike Cook

On 16 November 2020, a sole arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), acting as a first instance authority, issued its decision[1] in the anti-doping contamination dispute between Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, and Swimming Australia and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Although the decision is likely to be appealed (and thus have limited applicability), it is still an interesting case to examine as it is the latest in a recent line of decisions that appear to give athletes more scope to reduce a ban for unintentional doping even if they cannot prove how the contamination occurred.

This article recaps the law and recent cases on contamination, looking at:

  • Contamination under the World Anti-Doping Code
  • Previous CAS cases
    • Villanueva
    • Lawson
    • Andrea Ianonne
  • The Shayna Jack decision

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Mike Cook

Mike Cook

Mike Cook is an arbitrator based out of Hillsboro, Oregon USA.  He is a member of the International Panel at Sport Resolutions and a member of the medical committee of the International Functional Fitness Federation.  Mike is also an international level competitor in CrossFit.

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