PVL: It's a blessing in disguise -- Valdez on Ravena suspension
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 02, 2018 06:31 PM
I think thatís the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na lahat kasi everythingís over the counter -- Alyssa Valdez on boyfriend Gilas star Kiefer Ravena's doping issue
Creamline star Alyssa Valdez sees the suspension of boyfriend Kiefer Ravena frominternational and professional basketball as a ‘blessing in disguise’ that would benefit Filipino athletes, as it raises awareness on banned substances.
Ravena tested positive for three banned substances in a random drug test conducted after the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
The Gilas guard was slapped with an 18-month ban on all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.
Ravena took a pre-workout drink called Dust, which he allegedly bought over the counter.
“Yeah I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na lahat kasi everything’s over the counter,” said Valdez after Creamline’s 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, win over BaliPure-National University Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“We just want to perform well, to be ready sa lahat ng games natin and dahil sa nangyari at least alam natin na ano kailangan din natin maging careful din,” she added.
Ravena, for now, is banned from engaging in any basketball related activities including playing for and practicing with his mother team NLEX in the PBA while serving the FIBA sanction.
The former Ateneo de Manila University cage star is currently active in raising awareness among fellow athletes on the WADA list of banned substances.
“We can’t say we’re ok but I think Kiefer is a man who stands sa mga nangyayari,” Valdez said.
“I really don’t know how to answer ‘cause I’m not in the position of Kiefer to answer naman. But I know everyone who’s behind din naman is really supporting him kung ano man ang nangyayari.”
“Actually it’s a nice way of seeing parang looking at the brighter side na at least alam natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay,” she said. “Everyone’s supporting him naman din also so we’re OK naman.”