In the last hours it was reported that the NCAA did not conduct drug testing during basketball or other college championships– Three people with direct knowledge of the testing protocols indicated that the large-scale program has not been resumed for a year, when the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of sports.
The NCAA has been conducting drug testing since 1986, and has been modifying and improving its policies over the years. Unlike other leagues and agencies, it does not disclose the amount of testing it performs. Any player who tests positive can be expelled from the championship and even lose one year of eligibility.
Nevertheless, The aforementioned sources (they did not give their names so as not to be exposed) affirmed that the tests were null since the pandemic began. However, they maintained that some sporadic tests were recently resumed, but only at the facilities of the universities themselves.
The NCAA did not respond to questions about the details of the program and indicated that the mere possibility of surprise tests discourages doping. This occurs as the NCAA focuses on coronavirus testing to continue the March Madness tournament.. On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said more than 41,000 tests had been conducted.