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Anderson Silva abandons Rio 2016 Olympic hopes, report says

Anderson Silva

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil battles Nick Diaz in their middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not attempt to make Brazil’s 2016 Olympic taekwondo team, his manager said, according to Brazilian MMA website Portal do Vale Tudo.

Silva’s manager did not respond to email and phone messages seeking confirmation Wednesday.

In April, Silva, a 40-year-old who reportedly started taekwondo at age 14 and is a fifth-degree black belt, wrote a letter to Brazil’s taekwondo federation’s president expressing his desire for Rio 2016.

Silva failed two drug tests in January and hasn’t fought in UFC since.

Brazil does not have a strong taekwondo tradition. There are no Brazilians ranked in the top 10 by the World Taekwondo Federation in the weight classes that match Silva’s UFC division.

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