Tayane Porfirio’s career hit the biggest snag at Worlds last year. She was found to be guilty of having nandrolone in her blood stream. As per Usada’s official statement:
May 10, 2019
USADA announced today that Tayane Porfirio de Araùjo, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an athlete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a four-year sanction for her anti-doping rule violation.
Porfirio, 24, tested positive for 19‐norandrosterone (19‐NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone as the result of an in-competition drug test conducted at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Jiu-Jitsu Championships on June 3, 2018. Although the IBJJF is not a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, USADA was contracted by IBJJF to conduct testing for the event and collected Porfirio’s sample in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency International Standard for Testing and Investigations.
19-norsterids, including nandrolone and its precursors, are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents under the World Anti-Doping Code and the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, which applied to the 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
Porfirio’s four-year period of ineligibility began on June 22, 2018, the date her provisional suspension was imposed. In addition, Porfirio has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved in competitions sanctioned by the IBJJF, or any Code signatory, on and subsequent to May 30, 2018, the date the 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships started, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. IBJJF has agreed to impose the sanction.
Porfirio released a statement earlier that day saying:
Why I decided to accept a punishment from USADA:
After almost a year – a very difficult year, a year of much darkness, disappointments and frustrations, writing dozens of texts thinking about how to say this and what people would talk about, how they would judge – Today I had the strength to write … • Last year I was notified by USADA, the US Anti-Doping Agency, for the alleged use of a substance that did not even know what it was: Nandrolone. The substance would be present in the samples collected during the 2018 World Championship of IBJJF.
• When I was notified, I was not sure what to do. I began to list everything I took during the treatment of the spinal cord injury in 2017 – and widely publicized by the specialized media. Thinking that maybe some medicine could be contaminated or contained “Nandrolone,” I researched this substance on the internet and found that it is an anabolic steroid. It is not testosterone itself, but a derivative. • None of the medicines or treatments prescribed by my doctor during the course of treatment have been shown to contain this substance “Nandrolone”. The only explanation my team and I came up with is an unfortunate bottle exchange at the pharmacy. Explanation that USADA did not accept.
• Since 2016 I have been banned from a federation for exceeding the maximum 90 kg of the category. I am invariably the largest and heaviest athlete of the category in all the championships I dispute. If even to overcome bullying or to compete for robust awards I never made use of any illegal substance, it would not be after a year where even injured I dominated the competitive landscape – a year where I also tested clean in every opportunity I was examined. • Complete nas in the histories!
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Por que resolvi aceitar uma punição da USADA: Depois de quase um ano – um ano muito difícil, um ano de muita escuridão, decepções e frustrações, escrevendo dezenas de textos pensando em como dizer isso e no que as pessoas iriam falar, como iriam julgar – hoje tive forças de escrever… • No ano passado fui notificada pela USADA, a Agência Estadunidense de Anti-Doping, pelo suposto uso de uma substância que sequer sabia o que era: Nandrolona. A substância estaria presente nas amostras colhidas durante o Mundial 2018 da IBJJF. • Ao ser notificada, fiquei sem saber o que fazer. Comecei a listar tudo que tomei durante o tratamento da lesão na minha coluna vertebral, ocorrida em 2017 – e amplamente divulgada pela mídia especializada. Achando que talvez algum medicamento poderia estar contaminado ou contivesse “Nandrolona”, pesquisei sobre essa substância na internet e descobri que se trata de um esteróide anabolizante. Não é testosterona propriamente dita, mas um derivado. • Nenhum dos medicamentos ou tratamentos prescritos pelo meu médico no curso do tratamento provou-se conter a tal da substância “Nandrolona”. A única explicação que meu time e eu chegamos é a de uma infeliz troca de frascos na farmácia. Explicação essa que a USADA não aceitou. • Desde 2016 estou banida de uma federação por exceder os 90 kg máximos da categoria. Eu sou invariavelmente a atleta maior e mais pesada da categoria em todos os campeonatos que disputo. Se nem para vencer o bullying ou para competir por premiações robustas eu jamais fiz uso de qualquer substância ilegal, não seria após um ano onde mesmo lesionada eu dominei o cenário competitivo – um ano onde também testei limpo em todas as oportunidades em que fui examinada. • 🚨📑 completo nas histories!