Players from every team in the NBA are being expected to provide blood samples as part of a major study into the novel coronavirus, with the doctor behind the scheme telling them to “do something right for their communities”.

Dr Robby Sikka, the vice president of Basketball Performance and Technology for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has teamed up with the state’s Mayo Clinic medical center for a major study that aims to discover more about which people have a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and how prevalent the disease is.

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Players, coaches, executives and staff will be tested under the plans, which follow a study carried out across Major League Baseball in April that found only 0.7% of participants carried antibodies for the virus.

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