Rafaela Silva was subject at the London Olympics in 2012, after applying an illegal blow to her opponent and be eliminated. What happened has drawn criticism, racist abuse via social networks and depression. Now, four years later, the judoka wins gold at home and show everyone what se is able to do.
Raised and born in Cidade de Deus, poor community in Rio de Janeiro, Rafaela got into many fights, especially with her sister, Rachel. In an attempt to discipline them, his father, Luiz Carlos, putted them in a judo classes offered by a school of the Association of Residents of Cidade de Deus. After that, the sisters were invited to train at the Instituto Redenção, an initiative of Olympic medalist Flavio Canto. The talent was proving to be even bigger and the support of the institution was important, especially after her defeat of 2012. World Junior Champion at 16, World Champion Senior at 21 and now, at age 24, Rafaela is the first Brazilian to take gold in these Olympics.
The sport has a great influence on the formation of the humans, and had on Rachel Silva. For the founder of the Compassiva sports program, André Leitão, through it, people can learn values such as teamwork, respect for others and authority. In order to promote these principles, two years ago the Compassiva began offering free jiu-jitsu classes for children from 12 years old. Read more about the project here.