Kiefer Ravena leads participants of anti-doping summit

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 19, 2018 10:07 AM
Kiefer Ravena leads participants of anti-doping summit
PHOTO CAPTION: (From left to right) PSC-PCSM Dr. Charles Corpus with SEA-RADO Director General Gobinathan Nair, Phi-NADO Head Dr. Alejandro Pineda Jr., and Gilas PIlipinas cager Kiefer Ravena in the 2018 National Anti-Doping Summit at the PICC.

Basketball star Kiefer Ravena is kickstarting his foray into anti-doping education by joining celebrity-equestrianne Mikee Cojuangco and 100 other participants of the Philippine Sports Commission’s 2018 National Anti-Doping Summit held Wednesday.

Ravena who came in as a participant after being banned by basketball's governing body for 18 months after his inadvertent use of a substance that is in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s restricted list, encouraged athletes to take interest in the cause.

A number of national sports association, government and local government unit officials also attended the summit that had Southeast Asian Regional Anti-Doping Organization Director General Gobinathan Nair as the lead speaker.

Participants from NSAs, universities, colleges, LGUs, and coaches also attended the first of the three-day talk regarding Anti-Doping in Sports at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

“The end goal really is to have a doping-free sporting community, “said PSC-Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization Head Dr. Alejandro Pineda, who together with the Philippine Sports Institute Director Marc Edward Velasco, led the organizing of the twin-event.

Velasco, echoing the sentiments of PSC Chairman William Ramirez, said that as the government agency for sports, the PSC takes lead in reaching out to the public with regards to Anti-Doping.  

“Education is key,” remarked Velasco explaining the objectives of the event.

International Olympic Committee member Mikee Cojuangco stressed the importance of educating the public about anti-doping, reinforcing the “play true, play fair, play clean” campaign of the World Anti-Doping Agency. 

“If we are not true, we will be destroying every reason why we are in sports in the first place,” explained Cojuangco.

Matters like code compliance and monitoring, supplementation, legal considerations, results management and doping control processes, ergogenic and applications are also topics for discussion.

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