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NBA players representing Team USA to resume marijuana testing

While the NBA has not tested players for marijuana since March 2020, NBA players in consideration to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be subject to World Anti-Doping Agency testing, according to a memo sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Each national team player” for Team USA will be subject to testing that includes cannabinoids, narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs, according to the memo. The players will be subject to such testing until they are no longer part of Team USA, the team is out of the Olympics or the games are canceled. Team USA training camp is scheduled for on or just after July 1, which coincides with the NBA Finals.

The NBA hasn’t tested its players for marijuana since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a span including the Disney bubble and the 2020-21 season.

Why did the NBA stop testing?

Joe Vardon, NBA senior writer: When the league was set to resume the 2020 season at Disney, severe restrictions were put in place due to COVID-19 that limited the players’ sociability. [Read more at The Athletic]

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