Satnam Singh Bhamara, India’s most popular basketball player, who created history by becoming the first Indian player to be drafted into an NBA team in 2015, has been banned for two years by the National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) disciplinary panel (ADDP). He was charged for consuming a prohibited specified substance, Higenamine, a beta-2 agonist. The hearing into the matter, which took one year because of the COVID-19 induced lockdown, stated that they found Satnam guilty of not exercising due caution “in verifying the composition of the supplement he was consuming”. It, however, mentioned that the baller didn’t “intentionally” take the banned drug to gain unfair advantage over other athletes in the competition, he was “negligent” enough in performing his duties as a senior athlete though fully aware of the NADA’s rules and regulations.
Marc Stein: Said NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse”
Per multiple league sources, random marijuana testing will remain suspended through the upcoming 2020-21 season—only “with cause” tests will be done, an area the league has historically been pretty lax about, sources say (PED testing will remain a part of the league’s program, per sources).
On Thursday, the University of Michigan released a study claiming that HGH could aid in the recovery of torn ACLs by preventing the loss of muscle strength in knees. Cuban funded that study, and went on to argue on its behalf on Twitter. “It’s time to recognize that HGH (Human Growth Hormone) can positively impact injury recovery,” Cuban wrote. “I funded this study so that athletes can get back to full strength and doing what they love.”
On an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump Friday, Cuban argued that the only reason HGH is banned by the NBA is because the World Anti-Doping Association banned it. “There really was no research or complete logic for doing it,” Cuban said. “So a couple of years ago, I said, ‘look, if there’s no data there to dismiss HGH, let’s find out if it can help for injury recovery because it’s been discussed as having that ability.’ So I worked with the University of Michigan and we put together a study, and as it turned out, comparing athletes vs. a placebo, there was a significant improvement in their recovery time and getting back to full strength. And so now, this is the first step towards offering data and hopefully the NBA, the Olympics and other leagues will look at this and say ‘let’s do some more studies.’ I’m willing to get involved with more studies financially, but if we can get the leagues to do it, the players I think will all be for it as long as you can prove that it’s safe.”
Rudy Gobert revealed via post on Twitter the he received an early wake up call from FIBA the morning after France’s opening FIBA 2019 FIBA World Cup contest for a doping control. The 27-year-old center of the Utah Jazz was upset underlining that the player’s recovery time should be respected.