Contamination cases: Is the ‘narrow corridor’ for athletes starting to widen? (the Shayna Jack first instance decision)
On 16 November 2020, a sole arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), acting as a first instance authority, issued its decision 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
- Andrea Ianonne
- The Shayna Jack decision
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- Tags: Anti-Doping | Contamination | Court of arbitration for Sport | Dispute Resolution | IAAF | United States | WADA Code | World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) | World Athletics
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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.