Published: Friday 01 June, 2018

It’s Official, Kiefer Ravena Suspension Also Covers PBA League: FIBA

Kiefer Ravena is officially suspended in any basketball league and that includes the PBA. Ravena can’t even attend practice with the NLEX Road Warriors as it is also covered by the FIBA suspension.

The announcement was made by PBA chairman Ricky Vargas after a board meeting on Thursday. Kiefer Ravena is officially suspended in the next 18 months for testing positive for three banned substances

The announcement came after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) sought a clarification from FIBAabout Ravena’s suspension. The SBP was hoping that Kiefer’s professional stint is not included by the ban. However, it was not to be.

“It is very clear in the ruling na all leagues, even events, except for activities that relate to anti-doping. It is clear that he is not allowed to play in any league,” said SBP president Al Panlilio, who admitted that he already knew what FIBA would say even before they received the official clarification.

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“He’s also not allowed to practice,” he added. “He would have to do his own training.”

Ravena was already sidelined by NLEX in their game against Blackwater on Wednesday pending the clarification.

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas added that the board took the decision of FIBA very seriously. Though it affected one of the league’s star players, they had no choice but to honor the FIBA ruling in as much as the PBA is under the SBP.

Vargas revealed that the PBA board also considered defying the FIBA ruling. But such a move may hurt the league.

“There was a discussion, a very serious discussion in the board as to whether we would defy the Fiba decision to suspend. But after all the discussion, we said we can’t act on it retroactively. We have to look at it moving forward, thus the action that we said we will be taking,” revealed Vargas.

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“We also talked about the consequences of not following Fiba order and the board members very reasonably discussed the consequences. What is the consequence to the SBP, but also, who knows the consequence. Maybe Fiba will stop allowing imports to come play with us because we are not compliant to the whole thing.”