Backstage at the first drug test in Jiu-Jitsu during Pan 2013

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Caio Terra, champion and tested in Irvine, one of the major supporters of the drug testing. Photo: Ivan Trindade /

Professors requested and the IBJJF worked seriously to implant the drug testing for the first time in Jiu-Jitsu. In partnership with the agency United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the tests were promoted for the first time during Pan 2013 in Irvine, Calif. last weekend.

Because of the contract, the Federation staff can’t talk about the athletes selected for the urine test. However, the champions commented on it, despite the initial strangeness.

“It was a bit embarrassing, because of the presence of a woman there watching you. But they are right, this is the way,” praised Gabi Garcia, one of the athletes who was seen heading for the test.

Other names were the absolute champion Marcus Buchecha, Andre Galvao, Roberto Tussa, Caio Terra, Rafa and Gui Mendes, Luiza Monteiro and Vanessa Oliveira.

Featherweight athlete and bronze medalist Augusto Tanquinho talked about the draw process: “They randomly selected the categories of black belt, not the athletes. So when we had the result of the champions of each, they were called for the test.”

For some athletes, the most uncomfortable part of the exam was not being able to see some of the finals, since they were being tested.

“I liked the initiative. I expected to be tested, but I was not drawn this time. It is better for the competitors and clearer to the public. In Jiu-Jitsu, nothing replaces hard work,” praised Michael Langhi, lightweight champion.

The USADA, which conducts tests in accordance with the international rules of the IOC, has examined athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2000 in the U.S. The agency will report test results to athletes when they are completed.

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There are 19 comments for this article
    • Thiago Callegario at 7:50 pm

      The costs to make such a thing are enormous. Not even the UFC test all the fighters on their events. They choose about 7 of them (about a third, I think). And the UFC is a billionaire organization, fully professionalized, with less than a hundredth of the people fighting at a single event if compared to IBJJF. It's impossible to test everyone.
      If you test the champs, or test randomly selected people among the medallists, is already a huge step because it strongly discourages the use of banned substances.

    • Joe Dockery at 4:21 am

      Have to make stiff penalties too. Only problem is, when a big name gets popped, the IBJJFs tournament will lose a little luster, and thus they'll lose $$.. But for purity in the sport, I hope they continue to test

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