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2 Japanese snowboarders suspected of using pot in Colorado

Two Japanese snowboarders who have been selected as athletes granted special support by the Ski Association of Japan are suspected of having smoked pot in Colorado last year, it has been learned.

    According to sources close to the matter, the two male athletes -- both underage, and one a member of the national team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics -- smoked cannabis during their training camp held between November and December 2015 in Colorado.

    The association is aware of the allegations and plans to hold a board meeting on April 27 to decide on disciplinary measures.

    In the state of Colorado, cannabis is a legal substance for adults aged 21 and older.

    In regard to the use of marijuana by snowboarders, the substance exceeding the regulated amount was detected in the urine of a then 19-year-old male snowboarder for the Japanese team in 2004. While the athlete strongly denied that he smoked pot, the International Ski Federation gave him a 10-month suspension.

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