Paulo Miyao fails drug test, gets two-year suspension

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Paulo Miyao. Carlos Arthur Jr.

After months of rumors, the suspicion of drug use by Paulo Miyao has proven true. A world champion in 2016, the Cicero Costha representative was tested following the Worlds by the USADA.

Almost a year later, the result has now reached the public, with information revealed by Miyao himself on social media. In the messages he apologizes, states that he was caught, and says he is now suspended for two years.

Miyao is likely going to lose his 2016 light featherweight title. Runner-up Ary Farias (Atos JJ) would then become champion belatedly.

The USADA has not yet made an official statement about the case, so we don’t know all the details. Other BJJ athletes who failed tests by the agency in the past include Gabi Garcia, Braulio Estima, Felipe Preguiça and Léo Nogueira.

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Gostaria de pedir desculpas a todos que me acompanham e me apoiam, como muitos sabem acabei falhando no teste antidoping da USADA feito durante o Mundial de 2016, assumo toda a responsabilidade, sem desculpas. Lamento o fato ocorrido principalmente, primeiro, pelos meus parceiros de treino e meus professores, e, segundo, pelos meus adversários com quem lutei neste Mundial. Minha punição será de dois anos. Meus sinceros pedidos de desculpas a todos. “Viver no passado paralisa o presente e arruina o futuro” || I would like to apologize to all who accompany me and support me, as many know I ended up failing in the USADA anti-doping test made during the 2016 World Championship, I take full responsibility, without excuses. I am sorry to my training partners and my teachers and secondly, for my opponents with whom I fought in this Worlds. My punishment will be two years. My heartfelt apologies to everyone. “Living in the past paralyzes the present and ruins the future”

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