USADA announced today that Felipe Pena, of Minas Gerais, Brazil, an athlete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has accepted a one-year period of ineligibility for his second anti-doping rule violation. Pena’s first violation was announced in 2015.
Pena, 30, tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolites as the result of an in-competition drug test conducted at the 2021 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Jiu-Jitsu Championships on December 12, 2021. Although the IBJJF is not a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, USADA was contracted by IBJJF to conduct testing for the event.
Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the World Anti-Doping Code and the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, which applied to the 2021 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
Pena’s one-year period of ineligibility began on January 7, 2022, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. In addition, Pena has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved in competitions sanctioned by the IBJJF, or any Code signatory, on and subsequent to December 12, 2021, the date his positive sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. IBJJF has agreed to impose the sanction.
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