Kiefer Ravena has been suspended by the International Basketball Federation for 18 months from FIBA-sanctioned leagues after testing positive for banned substances during a random drug test conducted by the governing body for international basketball competitions moments after Gilas Pilipinas’ home game against Japan last February 25 at the MOA Arena.
This development was announced by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Monday night during a press conference held at the TV5 Media Center.
SBP President Al Panlilio confirmed that the 24-year old PBA rookie was found positive for 4-methylhexan-2-amine (methylhexaneamine), 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), and higenamine. All three substances are included on the 2018 World Anti-Doping Agency’s List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.
Ravena, for his part, claimed that he wasn’t aware of the ingredients of the pre-workout drink but accepted full accountability for his action.
“I will take full responsibility of my actions despite how painful and dreadful it is. I took this drink without analysing what its ingredients are. I am a responsible man. I will face the consequences no matter how painful and life changing they may be,” said the disheartened PBA neophyte.
The suspension took effect on February 25 and will last until August 24, 2019.
With the 2019 FIBA World Cup is scheduled to start on August 31, 2019, Ravena could still suit up for Gilas if ever the national basketball team gets to qualify.
The suspension is expected to be carried over to the PBA since it is a FIBA-sanctioned league but the SBP maintained that it is still seeking clarification regarding this issue.