Kiefer Ravena banned from PBA, all basketball-related activities as FIBA denies SBP appeal

ByAllan Lim

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The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has turned down the appeal of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regarding the 18-month ban handed down by the governing body on international basketball on NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena for flunking a random drug test conducted before Gilas Plipinas’ game against Japan last February 25 at the MOA Arena during the 2nd window of the 1st round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

The appeal filed by the SBP centered on Ravena’s stint with his PBA team, the NLEX Road Warriors.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes broke the news on Wednesday that FIBA has unfortunately thumbed down the appeal.

“That has already been denied. FIBA has replied in no uncertain terms that his ban covers all basketball leagues. Whether under FIBA or not, it covers all basketball leagues,” disclosed Reyes during an interview with Sports Center Philippines.

Aside from playing in organized leagues, Ravena is also barred from participating in practices and all other basketball-related activities.

The suspension took effect on February 25, 2018 and will last until August 24, 2019.


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