PBA: Kiefer out of NLEX for 18 months as well

Paul Lintag on May 31, 2018 03:09 PM
PBA: Kiefer out of NLEX for 18 months as well
"It is very clear in the ruling na all leagues, even events, except for activities that relate to anti-doping. It is clear he is not allowed to play in any league," --- SBP President Al Panlilio on Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension.

Now it's final.

Kiefer Ravena is out of FIBA-sanctioned tournaments and the PBA for 18 months.

Following a PBA Board meeting Thursday, Ravena's situation has received clarity and Kiefer is not allowed to do any basketball-related activities for 18 months.

[Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs]

After his FIBA suspension because of a failed drug test, Ravena's camp initially asked for a clarification from FIBA if the penalty also applies to the PBA.

According to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio, FIBA already gave an answer and it was very clear.

"It is very clear in the ruling na all leagues, even events, except for activities that relate to anti-doping," Panlilio said.

"It is clear he is not allowed to play in any league," he added.

[Related: PBA: Helpless Kiefer can only watch NLEX from afar for now]

Ravena is also not allowed to practice with his team. Kiefer will be reduced to individual workouts.

Ravena is technically not suspended by the PBA and Commissioner Willie Marcial said that Kiefer will be downgraded to NLEX's reserve list.

"Hindi naman siya suspension ng PBA," Marcial said.

[Related: PBA: "Hindi ako nagsha-shabu," says Kiefer]

Kiefer was banned by FIBA after he tested positive for three substances included in the list of Prohibited Substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

According to Ravena, he consumed a pre-workout drink called Dust during the Gilas Pilipinas-Japan game last February. He was picked for the random WADA Drug Test after the game.

 

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