News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Brazilian judo hero Rafaela Silva admits positive doping test

20 Sep 2019 23:35

 AFP    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
20190510_baku_gs_57_final_rafaela_silva_bra_heart

Brazil's Olympic judo champion Rafaela Silva on Friday admitted testing positive for the banned substance fenoterol, which is used to treat asthma, but insisted she was innocent, French agency AFP reports. Rafaela Silva who won the bronze medal at the Tokyo World Championships said: "I am clean and I will continue to train and fight to prove my innocence," Silva told a news conference.

"I tested positive for fenoterol... but I did not use this substance, I am not asthmatic."

Fenoterol is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.

Silva, who won Brazil's first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tested positive on August 9 during the Pan American Games where she won the 57kg category.

She went on to win bronze at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, where she hopes to defend her Olympic title next year.

A second test on August 29 did not show the presence of fenoterol, said Silva, who suggested she may have been exposed to the substance by a friend's baby.

Her lawyer Bichara Neto told reporters the judo star had not been suspended.

In January Jessica Pereira was suspended after testing positive for using a Diuretic to lose weight,

The Brazilian Judo Federation reacts with an official statement: "The Brazilian Judo Confederation will closely follow the progress of the legal process regarding the adverse analytical result revealed by judoka Rafaela Silva at a news conference on Friday. Rafaela is one of the largest judokas in Brazil, an example of overcoming on and off the mat. CBJ will provide the support you may need to resolve the case."

The next IJF World Tour is the Grand Slam in Brasilia in two weeks time.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Christa Deguchi (CAN), Rafaela Silva (BRA), Anailys Dorvigni (CUB), Ana Rosa (DOM) - Pan American Championships Lima (2019, PER) - © Rafal Burza - Judo Canada
  • Rafaela Silva (BRA) - Grand Slam Paris (2019, FRA) - © Christian Fidler
  • Rafaela Silva (BRA) - World Championships Tokyo (2019, JPN) - © JudoHeroes & IJF Media, Copyright: www.ijf.org

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20191006_brasiliags_ijf_57_gs_smythe_davis_nekoda_1

Nekoda Smithe-Davis secures gold with emphatic victory

7 Oct 2019 04:30

Two-time world medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis of Great Britain stormed past Grand Slam debutant Ketelyn Nascimento (BRA) in the U57kg final to win Grand Slam gold for the second time in her flourishing career. Londoner Smythe-Davis, who won the Düsseldorf Grand Slam last year, got stronger as the contest went on and pulled away from her new opponent in golden score with a thunderous o-soto-gari for ippon after two minutes of additional time. Read more

20190510_baku_edf_57_final_rafaela_silva_bra

Rafaela Silva stripped of her Panam Games medal

27 Sep 2019 10:00

Brazilian Rafaela Silva was stripped of her Pan American Games gold medal on Wednesday after failing a doping test. Silva was the winner of the title of the U57kg category in Lima, the same category in which she triumphed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. She can still appeal the decision. Read more

20190827_tokyo_ijf_57_final_edf_deguchi_christa_1

Christa Deguchi writes history for Canada

27 Aug 2019 16:35

Canada has its world champion! Christa Deguchi starred in the U57kg category as the 2018 world bronze medallist won the world title from defending champion Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) to make history for Canada. Montreal Grand Prix winner Deguchi, 23, was a teammate of Yoshida, also 23, until she switched from representing her homeland of Japan to Canada, the nationality of her father who was matside all day long as a photographer. Read more

20190819_jh_judoworlds_can_57_christa_deguchi

Christa Deguchi wants to stunt in Japan

27 Aug 2019 11:45

Is it going to be a historic day for Canada. Christa Deguchi is eager to win the first ever world title for Canada on day three of the World Championships on Japanese soil. Obviously Japanese World champion Yoshida Tsukasa is the favourite as current title holder, but she lost to Deguchi in the final of the Grand Slam in Paris, so it’s all possible as the morning session was completed. Read more

2020_medals_tokyo

Japan understands the art of winning a final

14 Aug 2019 10:30

Winning finals is a quality. Just a gut feeling says that the Japanese understand that quality really well. Zooming into the stats, just confirms that the Japanese are true masters taking the gold in a final. Obviously Japan is the most successful nation and they take a lot of medals, so they also lost a few contests. Still the distribution of gold in finals is positively balanced by the Japanese. Read more

First description Second description Third description Four description

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Osaka22 Nov
1Tokyo1 Sep
1Tokyo26 Aug
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
Result City Date
1Osaka22 Nov
1Tokyo1 Sep
3Tokyo26 Aug
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Budapest2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description