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Friday, 16th March 2012
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Basketball Japan cracks down on drugs

All players in the Basketball Japan League are to be drug tested in a new crack down on substance abuse.

Following the arrest of Evessa Osaka forward Lynn Washington on suspicion of possession of cannabis, the league organised an emergency meeting and decided to implement a tough new policy.

Every player in the league is to be tested by today (March 16th), with those failing to comply facing immediate suspension, Reuters reported.

Speaking at a news conference following the announcement, league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi said: "For something like this to happen from players meant to inspire dreams is very serious," the news agency quoted.

Mr Kawachi said that the league would then release the full test results after they had been carried out.

"We will work hard to restore everyone's trust," he added.

The arrest of Washington is the second faced by the league in 2012, with Akita Northern Happinets player Curtis Terry expelled from the team after being arrested for shoplifting.

Lynn Washington is a 6'7" American player who played college basketball at Indiana before moving to Finland and then Japan.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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