Banned CrossFit Athlete Pedro Martins Continues to Compete in Brazil

November 4, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Carolina Pedra (@ cpedrasports) and Pedro Martins (@ pedropbmartins)
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Though he’s serving a two-year ban for a positive drug test, Brazilian athlete Pedro Martins has continued to compete at a handful of local competitions in Brazil this fall.

Remind me: Martins qualified to the 2022 CrossFit Games through the Copa Sur Semifinal, but soon received a four-year ban from CrossFit competitions after a positive drug test found Clomiphene in his urine.

  • He appealed and sent all of his supplements to the United States for analysis, where it was discovered that his pre-workout supplement had been contaminated with Clomiphene, which was not on the label. This discovery led CrossFit to reduce his ban to just two years. 

The details: Martins, a medical doctor who is putting his medical career on hold to pursue his CrossFit Games dream, competed at and won the Ceros Championship in September, and last month he won both the Mugo Games and WodNation. Those three events earned a little under US$2,000. This weekend, he will be competing in the Torneio Anápolis Fitness competition on the weekend.

  • “I’m only competing in local and unlicensed championships. The idea is to keep the competitive pace,” said Martins, whose ultimate goal is to get back to the Games once his ban is lifted.  
  • “These smaller competitions pay little and (making enough money) as an athlete is more difficult. Knowing that I can’t compete in CrossFit (licensed events) is horrible. But I have the opportunity to stay resilient and train harder for what I want to achieve in the future,” he continued. 
  • “This path I want to follow is beyond performance. I want to touch and inspire people’s lives, as well as help change through CrossFit. This sport is wonderful and I believe in it. What happened was just adversity on the way.”

The Big Picture: Martins isn’t the first banned athlete to continue to compete in unlicensed local events—we recently reported on Kuwait’s Nasser Alruwayeh, who received a two-year ban for a positive drug test after he placed second at the 2022 Far East Throwdown Semifinal, and last month he won a local, non-licensed event with a cash prize purse—thus posing the question of whether banned athletes should be able to continue to compete in unlicensed events.

As for Martins, he intends to rest his body for a bit now, “but if an opportunity arises maybe I can compete (again) this year,” he said. And he feels he has the support from the Brazilian people to do so. 

“The people in Brazil are supporting me a lot. I have received a lot of affection especially after I managed to prove what actually happened,” he said.

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