The Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team guard Kiefer Ravena has been selected for a second random drug testing in a span of just three days.
Ravena was previously tested positive for banned subtances methylhexaneamine, higenamine 1, 3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) he ingested from a preworkout drink, and was meted an 18-month suspension that lapsed just last August 24, allowing him to officially return to basketball activities and competitions.
Is the 6-foot-1 guard being intentionally selected for the anti-doping tests? Head coach Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao appears to think so.
“It feels like it isn’t random,” Guiao said with a chuckle in a mix of English and Filipino. “I don’t think it’s random. The word random is a little inaccurate. Maybe they’re really picking on him”
“He was just drug tested, blood tested, then they tested him again. We’re not hiding anything, so it’s okay with us. If they want to test Kiefer three times a day, I have no problem with that,” Guiao added.
Ravena, who finished with five points and two rebounds in under 20 minutes of play during their 108-62 blowout loss against Italy, agrees with his coach.
“It’s part of the tournament, I guess,” said Ravena. “They told us anytime we can get called. It was just (nearly) in consecutive days so I was a little bit surprised. My name being there, not at all, but I am not taking it personally.”
“(FIBA officials) said it’s random. How can I feel targetted?” shrugs Ravena.” We are focused on Serbia. Its gonna be be a fun night for us, hopefully a better performance than against Italy.”
Gilas Pilipinas needs to sweep their last two games to stave of elimination, but faces a tall order, both figuratively and literally, against European powerhouse Serbia tonight at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Guangdong, China.
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