Realistically speaking, the chances of the Gentle Art being admitted into the Olympic Games as a sport are nothing to get excited about. At least for London and Rio de Janeiro, the probability is next to none, Brazil’s Sensei Sportv program announced this Friday.
On the program, BOC (Brazilian Olympic Committee) president Carlos Arthur Nuzman conceded an interview to clear up that matter to Sportv News host Vanessa Riche on the reality of Jiu-Jitsu making it into the Olympic program in the future.
With the Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, nothing makes more sense than to, in some way or another, draw attention to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a genuinely Brazilian martial arts modality dominated by Brazilian competitors. Exhibition sports went into extinction ever since Seoul, thus little effort has been made to introduce Jiu-Jitsu as an exhibition sport in 2016 – nothing to be optimistic about. But the time to mobilize and make some noise is surely now.
Nuzman said he is a fan of the martial arts, and revealed in the interview by what means the dream of seeing Jiu-Jitsu in the Olympic Games may one day be fulfilled.
The Sensei Sportv television program, with its new “Olympic Jiu-Jitsu” spot, will make some waves for the subject in 2010, with statements from influential names in the sport, like Rickson Gracie, Fabio Gurgel, BOC member Bernard Rajzman, Wallid Ismail, Demian Maia, Ricardo Arona, the BOC’s executive superintendent of sports, Marcus Vinícius Freire, Vitor Shaolin and Roger Gracie.