KIEFER Ravena is hoping he can at least get a chance to practice with Gilas Pilipinas while awaiting a clarification from the Fiba regarding the scope of his doping suspension.
Ravena has been banned by Fiba 'from all basketball activities' for 18 months after he tested positive for three banned substances during a random test in the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asia qualifiers.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), however, has submitted a clarification letter to Fiba as to whether he can play in the domestic league, in this case, the PBA, or even attend practices.
In the meantime, the former Ateneo star hopes he could help the national team prepare for the third window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asia qualifiers set June 29 and July 2.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to practice so that I can help my Gilas brothers,” said Ravena after watching NLEX’s win against Blackwater from ringside on Wednesday.
Ravena, however, said he has no choice but to wait for Fiba’s response to SBP’s clarification before he does anything related to basketball, even practicing with NLEX.
“I’m not yet sure. I don’t want to violate any rules na baka maging komplikado siya. With respect to SBP, it said all forms of leagues and activities. Practice might be iffy, it might reach Fiba, baka humaba pa. I’m trying to be careful right now but I’m fully supporting the team haggang dulo,” said Ravena.
Ravena said he plans to remain in shape for the entire duration of the suspension, just to be ready in the event the ban is lifted.
“I have to find my own way to keep in shape because mamaya, biglang ma-lift ‘yung suspension ko or mamaya magpabaya ako, may mangyari pa sa career ko. I’m taking it a day at a time, taking care of my body, and just being ready for whatever,” Ravena said.
Ravena said he is overwhelmed by the support he has received and plans to continue his advocacy of helping raise awareness for the pitfalls of banned substances.
“God has his plans and God has his reasons. I’m just overwhelmed by the support of the people, my co-athletes, and the PBA family in general. I’m representing the league with such an advocacy in the future to keep other players from experiencing what I’m going through right now,” said Ravena.