MANILA, Philippines — Kiefer Ravena, the former Ateneo MVP and currently playing for the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), has failed a random drug test after the Gilas Pilipinas’ FIBA World Cup qualifier away to Australia and surfaces a suspension from international basketball tournament, multiple sources told Spin.ph on Monday.
Kiefer Ravena will likely face substantial disciplinary penalties over alleged doping, according to league source.
The NLEX Road Warriors star was supposed to play in Sunday’s PBA All-Star Game in Iloilo City but was ordered by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to return back to Manila for a press conference without divulging details.
Amid random speculations, league sources confirmed that Ravena has “tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug” after the contest in Melbourne which Gilas lost to the Australian national basketball team, 84-68, back in February 22.
This latest development story about Ravena’s no show in Iloilo validates the report first published by Spin.ph saying that he allegedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the second game of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Ravena, who was slated to play for the Visayas PBA All-Stars in the final leg of the league’s mid-season festivities on Sunday night, was quickly pulled out by the PBA, saying it was due to SBP’s directive.
The 24-year-old rookie was one of the bright sides for Gilas in that loss, putting up six points with a couple of assists and pair of rebounds in 17 minutes of play time.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial as well as NLEX, and the SBP higher-ups has declined to confirm or deny the news report, assuring that all the factual details will be revealed during the press conference in Manila. There has yet schedule has been given to news agencies as of writing.
FIBA has a strict rules of conduct with regards to doping, taking on any substance that can enhance the performance of an basketballer.
In Ravena’s case though, only a little amount of the drug was found in his circulating system. However, Ravena failed to get clearance that he was taking it prior to the drug examination.
With all that being said, Ravena will face a sanction from participating in FIBA-organized international tournaments.
Ravena, the NLEX’s second overall pick of 2018 PBA draft, has played in all of the Gilas Pilipinas matchups in the Asian qualifiers. The Philippine national basketball team is scheduled to play in the third window of the global tournament. The delegates will face Taiwan on the road game in June 29 to cap the first round, and then open the second-rounder with a contest against Australia at home in Bulacan on July 2.