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Testing will begin in October

NBA players received an official memo that the designer steroid THG will be officially classified as a banned substance starting next season.

Updated: January 31, 2004, 1:08 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

NBA players received an official memo from the league this week announcing that the designer steroid THG will be officially classified as a banned substance starting next season, ESPN.com has learned.

League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the new policy Friday, saying: "The NBA and the NBA Players Association have agreed to add THG and gestrinone to the banned-substances list under the league's anti-drug policy beginning with the 2004-05 season.

Formal tests for THG, also known as tetrahydrogestrinone, ...

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