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Anderson Silva eyes Rio Olympics in letter to Brazil taekwondo boss

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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Brazilian former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still wants to compete in the Rio Olympics in taekwondo, reportedly writing a letter to the Brazilian sport federation’s president.

Silva and the sport federation’s president will meet later this week, according to O Globo.

Silva, who will be 41 come the 2016 Olympics, previously expressed desire to return to taekwondo for a run for Rio, but this is the first mainstream report of his continued hope since the first two failed drug tests of his UFC career in January.

Silva started taekwondo at age 14 and is reportedly a fifth-degree black belt.

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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