Swimming Australia 'embarrassed' by failed drug test

The chief executive of Swimming Australia has expressed her disappointment on Sunday after an Australian swimmer tested positive for a banned substance.

According to a statement on the official website of Swimming Australia on Saturday, the test was conducted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on June 26, and the swimmer Shayna Jack was “provisionally” suspended from the Australian Swim Team and went back to Australia from a training camp being held in Japan.

Jack took the gold last year in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as part of the world record-breaking 4×100 women’s freestyle team, reports Xinhua news agency.

Local media reported that the 20-year-old swimmer “mysteriously withdrew from the world championships” earlier this month citing “personal reasons.” “Officials initially failed to elaborate on the circumstances behind her exit,” said The Australian. But the incident was revealed by a whistle-blowing local media on Saturday, which said that the cause of the swimmer’s withdrawal was due to “an abnormal A sample during routine, pre-competition testing.”