USADA Suspends Duarte, Strips Him Of Titles

An accomplished member of the BJJ community, competing 51 times with 56 wins in 2019, Kaynan Duarte has accepted a one-year suspension by USADA for an anti-doping violation.

The 22-year-old tested positive for ostarine during an in-competition drug test on June 2nd at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Ostarine is a prohibited substance that is considered a non-specified entity under the World Anti-Doping Code. He is added to another round of crackdowns by USADA, who has suspended a number of combat sport athletes.

In a release, USADA stated, “Duarte received a one-year reduction to his period of ineligibility because after a thorough review of the evidence and cooperation from Mr. Duarte, USADA determined that the trace amount of ostarine detected in his sample was consistent with exposure to ostarine via cross-contamination.

“Additionally, a WADA-accredited laboratory confirmed a product possessed by a person close to Duarte contained ostarine, as listed on the product label, that could have been the source of the cross-contamination.”

Duarte’s one-year period of ineligibility began on the date his sample was collected on the 2nd. He has also been disqualified from all wins and results subsequent to May 30, 2019. That was the day the 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships started. As a result, Duarte must forfeit any medals, points and prizes given. His IBJJF gold medal will be taken away, but other awards, like the KASAI Pro Heavyweight Title, will not be.

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