Former UFC champ Anderson Silva's has been musing to the media about his wish to be on Brazil's national Tae Kwon Do team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Fro some reason that did not appeal all of the squad members. It was especially not welcomed by Guilherme Cezario Felix, the squad's lead athlete at male heavyweight, the weight class in which Silva would compete.
"Let's stop kidding. Myself and most of the tae kwon do athletes are fed up with this thing about Anderson Silva trying to apply for the Olympic Games" Felix wrote on his Facebook (via Globo). "He can try just like anyone who is officiated by the regulations can. Many people are taking this very seriously, but I don't think this is more than a joke, some kind of personal marketing. Everybody is putting it carefully, but I'm tired. I have nothing against him, I don't even know him personally, but this is a laughing matter. If he really wants to apply for the spot, then let him come. It's his risk and I think he'll have to really prepare if he doesn't want to embarrass himself. I'm looking forward to it. There won't be any more jokes or games about it. There, I said it."
The national team will have four guaranteed spots in the games as the host country, and four more can be achieved depending on fighters' rankings. The first weight class to select competitors will be male heavyweight. They will start in the beginning of 2016.