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Team USA cancels Senegal trip due to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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USA Basketball has canceled its scheduled trip to Senegal later this month because of the massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Team USA had planned to travel to Dakar, Senegal, on Aug. 27 for a clinic.

"I speak for all at USA Basketball when I say we're extremely disappointed we will not be able to visit Senegal," Colangelo said. "Our entire traveling party was very much looking forward to the experience."

Ebola is believed to have killed more than 1,000 people in four nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

"Although the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] does not yet suspect any [Ebola] cases in Senegal, the country's position as a neighboring country to Guinea and Dakar's role as a gateway to West Africa heightened our concern," Colangelo said.

"We remain committed to fostering basketball worldwide and in Africa and Senegal in particular, and we are committed to look at further opportunities in the future to work with and support the Senegalese national team."

More: Where USA basketball goes next with Demarcus Cousins potentially out 

Team USA is training in Chicago this week and will face Brazil in a scrimmage Saturday at the United Center.

The World Cup begins on Aug. 30 in Spain and runs through Sept. 14. 

Team USA's first game is Aug. 30 against Finland. The other members of the United States' group are Turkey, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand and Ukraine.

- Chris Johnson

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