“The Phenom” will have to find ways to keep himself busy for the next 18 months – away from the hard court.
Following the International Basketball Federation’s 18-month barring of Kiefer Ravena from international play after testing positive from prohibited substances, an appeal was made by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to allow the 24-year-old cager to at least still see action for the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basktetball Association.
The motion was trashed by the sport’s world governing body, though, and this leaves Ravena no choice but to stay away from competition for the next year and a half.
According to Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, the embattled PBA rookie is banned from playing in “all basketball leagues.”
Ravena is also not allowed to participate in scrimmages or other basketball-related activities during his suspension.
“That has already been denied. The FIBA has replied in no uncertain terms that his ban covers all basketball leagues. Whether under FIBA or not, it covers all basketball leagues,” Reyes said in an article posted on ESPN Philippines on Thursday who was first to break the story.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives have passed a resolution calling for a review of various laws, rules, and regulations and their implementation regarding the education, sale, and use of prohibited substances following Ravena’s ban which runs until August 24, 2019.
Antipolo representative Chiqui Roa-Puno, vice-chairperson of the House Youth and Sports Development committee, authored Resolution No. 1915 which stresses the need to further educate Filipino athletes and other sports stakeholders on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) growing list of banned substances.