The Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu champions crowned it’s black belts last Sunday, and innovated by conducting doping tests on 10 random medalists. Gabi Garcia, weight and absolute champion, released the list of nine athletes tested by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and USADA, the agency that conducts the examinations.
“Gabi Garcia, Andre Galvao, Marcus Buchecha, Roberto Tussa Alencar, Vanessa Oliveira, Luiza Monteiro, Rafael Mendes, Guilherme Mendes and Caio Terra,” the fighter wrote on her Twitter. The only champions who were not tested were Michael Langhi, Clark Gracie, Leo Nogueira, Miriam Cardoso, Ana Carolina Vidal and Talita Treta.
Here is what some of the tested athletes had to say about the experience:
“It was very annoying because I wasn’t able to watch all the matches that were going on. Right after my final ended, I went straight to test. But it was a good initiative, “said Luiza Monteiro, the featherweight champion with a victory over Mackenzie Dern.
Caio Terra, who always fought for IBJJF to conduct doping tests reveals when asked about being tested: “I asked for it, and it was only fair that I be the first to be tested. I just hope that chocolate is cool, because after weighing in I almost had an overdose of it (laughs) “, jokes the gold medal at rooster weight.
Roberto Tussa Alencar, champion in the heavyweight division after beating Nivaldo Oliveira, still sees a long way to go for the professionalization of the sport: “This is a big step for the professionalism of the sport. I hope that one day we will see Jiu-Jitsu in the Olympics. But we still have much work to do…”