Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs
Paul Lintag on May 28, 2018 06:11 PM
In a shocking development, Ravena is receiving a temporary ban from FIBA for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Say goodbye to Kiefer Ravena.
In a shocking development, Ravena is receiving a temporary ban from FIBA for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.
After an official press conference Monday, Ravena is set to sit out for 1 and a half years, meaning he's set to miss Gilas Pilipinas' road back to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Ravena was picked for a random drug test by FIBA back in February and results showed that he tested positive for 3 banned substances. The ingredients were Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine and all of them are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.
The ingredients were from a workout drink Ravena took pre-game last February 25 when Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan. The drink, which is called Dust, was bought over the counter.
Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph cited unnamed sources and first broke the story Monday morning regarding Kiefer's failed drug test during the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
"Napakahirap isipin na umabot dito ang nangyari. It was my honest mistake in taking that pre-workout drink," Ravena said in his statement during the press conference.
"With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," he added.
Ravena's status with the NLEX Road Warriors is up in the air as of press time.
On Sunday, Ravena was pulled out from the final leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Games. Several members of the PBA Press Corps in Iloilo City reported the development following Commissioner Willie Marcial's confirmation that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas called Ravena and asked him to return to Manila immediately.
No addtional details were provided at that time.
PBA players getting suspended for positive drug test results are nothing new.
Back in 2003, Commissioner Noli Eala issued an indefinite suspension on Jimwell Torion. The Red Bull point guard reportedly tested positive for shabu.
Kiefer's transition to the pros has been seamless so far.
In the last Philippine Cup, he led NLEX all the way to Game 6 of the semifinals against Magnolia, It was the Road Warriors' first PBA semis appearance ever.
Ravena has also been a crucial part in the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers, appearing in all four games of the national team in the first round.
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