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Kiefer Ravena to start nationwide anti-doping awareness program

  MANILA, Philippines – While serving his 18-month FIBA suspension , Kiefer Ravena has trained his efforts on leading the country's anti-doping awareness program together with his PBA team NLEX Road Warriors.  "We're setting up a program for my advocacy when it comes to anti-doping. Hopefully it spreads knowledge, education, not only ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 7th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena starts drive for drug awareness

Gilas and NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena began his personal crusade to raise awareness of banned substances, particularly performance-enhancing drugs, and distributed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list to national athletes Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, Cheska Altomonte of softball, Nikko Huelgas of triathlon and James de los Santos of karate in a meeting at the PLDT office in Makati the other day......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

POC, PSC to intensify anti-doping program

The FIBA suspension on young basketball star Kiefer Ravena is serving as a wakeup call for all Filipino athletes from all different sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 to engange Pinoy youth and coaches nationwide

Jr. NBA PH press release MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Dec. 23, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska will tip off Jan. 13 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and runs through May 2018 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. This year’s program is set to reach more than 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the country.  Online registration is open now at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.  During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.   The program remains free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 throughout its four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been implemented in 110 cities and municipalities across the country and the 2018 program will return to key provinces including Agusan Del Norte, Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental.  Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Metro Manila (April 7-8), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing for the National Training Camp in Manila in May 2018, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  Prior editions of the Jr. NBA Philippines program have featured notable alumni including Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.  “For the past 10 years, Jr.  NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing proper guidelines to how the game should be played and taught to more youth, coaches and parents in the country.” “As part of our long-standing partnership with the NBA, Alaska Milk Corporation is proud to play an active role in shaping the basketball players of tomorrow through good nutrition and proper life values,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program.” The 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Carlos Barroca and Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso, to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers the mission of Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that highlights the nutritional benefits of milk, encourages physical activity through play, and instills values that are essential to becoming a champion.   AXA, CloudFone, Gatorade and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.  Coaches and participants can now register the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.  Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Alaska Milk According to the 8th National Survey of FNRI and DOH (as of 2013), obesity is one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults, with about 5 out of 100 Filipino children being classified as overweight. Obesity can lead to different health problems like heart diseases and even diabetes at a young age, which could lead to serious health, economic and social implications later on in life. In line with Alaska Milk’s mission to bring affordable nutrition and a love of active play to every Filipino household, powering the Jr. NBA is a major part of Alaska’s “NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.” initiative. By highlighting milk’s nutritional benefits and encouraging children to go out and play, Alaska consistently works to instill the values Determination, Hard Work, Teamwork, Discipline and Sportsmanship in tomorrow’s champions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena leads participants of anti-doping summit

Basketball star Kiefer Ravena is kickstarting his foray into anti-doping education by joining celebrity-equestrianne Mikee Cojuangco and 100 other participants of the Philippine Sports Commission’s 2018 National Anti-Doping Summit held Wednesday. Ravena who came in as a participant after being banned by basketball's governing body for 18 months after his inadvertent use of a substance that is in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s restricted list, encouraged athletes to take interest in the cause. A number of national sports association, government and local government unit officials also attended the summit that had Southeast Asian Regional Anti-Doping Organization Director General Gobinathan Nair as the lead speaker. Participants from NSAs, universities, colleges, LGUs, and coaches also attended the first of the three-day talk regarding Anti-Doping in Sports at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. “The end goal really is to have a doping-free sporting community, “said PSC-Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization Head Dr. Alejandro Pineda, who together with the Philippine Sports Institute Director Marc Edward Velasco, led the organizing of the twin-event. Velasco, echoing the sentiments of PSC Chairman William Ramirez, said that as the government agency for sports, the PSC takes lead in reaching out to the public with regards to Anti-Doping.   “Education is key,” remarked Velasco explaining the objectives of the event. International Olympic Committee member Mikee Cojuangco stressed the importance of educating the public about anti-doping, reinforcing the “play true, play fair, play clean” campaign of the World Anti-Doping Agency.  “If we are not true, we will be destroying every reason why we are in sports in the first place,” explained Cojuangco. Matters like code compliance and monitoring, supplementation, legal considerations, results management and doping control processes, ergogenic and applications are also topics for discussion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Guiao: 18-month ban like ‘killing’ Ravena’s career

NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wasn't a fan of euphemisms when he described Kiefer Ravena's 18-month ban that Fiba imposed on the PBA rookie after testing positive for banned substances. "It's like they killed Kiefer's career," said Guiao in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after NLEX' 117-106 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Under the Fiba's punishment, which was relayed to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Ravena is not allowed to participate in any basketball-related activity with NLEX and in the PBA. READ:NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban Ravena tested positive for banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency's list found in a pre-workout ...Keep on reading: Guiao: 18-month ban like ‘killing’ Ravena’s career.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

PBA: Yeng on FIBA ruling re Kiefer: 'Parang pinatay nga yung career niya eh'

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao sounded off on the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)'s ruling on Kiefer Ravena, as the team has decided to not let the rookie attend the games even as a spectator. Talking after their fifth loss of the Commissioner's Cup, this time at the hands of sister team Talk N' Text, 117-106, Guiao said that the team had taken a precautionary measure, and is seeking clarification through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, whether the rookie guard can attend NLEX games as an ordinary member of the crowd. After the PBA's annouuncement that the league will be adhering to FIBA's ruling, banning the 24-year old until August 31, 2019 in any basketball-related activities in any FIBA-sanctioned tournament, which includes stints for Gilas Pilipinas and the Road Warriors, it seems, Guiao says, that the #2 pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will also not be attending the team's practices for the forseeable future. "Parang ganoon din, parang bawal din. Parang pinatay nga 'yung career niya eh." Due to the ruling, which he called as 'masyadong malupit', Ravena's role with the team is still up in the air, as the team management does not want to make any move that may go against FIBA rules and further jeopardize the budding star's basketball career. The multi-titled coach then asked for an explaination from the world's governing body for basketball, as the ruling is seen as a landmark case in the Philippine sports scene. "Actually, siguro sa kanila malinaw 'yun eh. Sa atin lang vague kasi ngayon lang natin na-experience 'yung ganoon, ano. But to them, it's probably clear because it's happened to other players in other countries." Ravena was found to have used three banned substances in the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency after a random drug test conducted following Gilas' win versus Japan in the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena last Februay.  __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Disclosure would’ve diminished penalty

If only Kiefer Ravena declared the drink that he took before WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) testing, the FIBA penalty for a positive result would’ve been only two months but because of lack of proper drug education, the Gilas star took the examination with a clear conscience and paid the price of an 18-month suspension......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Kiefer Ravena clears he s not doing illegal drugs: I don t take shabu, marijuana, cocaine

Kiefer Ravena clarifies he's not doing illegal drugs during a press conference. Ravena tested positive for prohibited substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency List. Photo by Mark Giongco/.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

LOOK: Sports personalities, netizens react to Kiefer Ravena s situation

MANILA, Philippines –  After being slapped with an 18-month international play ban from FIBA Monday, May 28, Kiefer Ravena received countless support from Filipinos on social media.  Describing the incident as an "honest mistake," Ravena took a pre-workout drink unaware that it contained ingredients that were included in the World Anti-Doping Agency ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Perasol believes Ravena committed ‘an honest mistake’

Bo Perasol, who coached the Ateneo Blue Eagles from 2013 to 2016, is also standing by his besieged former player Kiefer Ravena. Ravena tested positive for prohibitive substances after claiming to have taken a pre-workout supplement that contained components banned in the World Anti-Doping List. Perasol believes it was an "honest mistake" by Ravena, who got an 18-month suspension from Fiba. "I was surprised but at the same time, if I wanted to believe what he was saying, it was really an honest mistake on his part," Perasol told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday during the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation Inc. and 3M Philippines at th...Keep on reading: Perasol believes Ravena committed ‘an honest mistake’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena clears he s not doing illegal drugs

Kiefer Ravena clarifies he's not doing illegal drugs during a press conference. Ravena tested positive for prohibited substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency List. Photo by Mark Giongco/.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

PBA: Ravena s status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension

Kiefer Ravena's suspension from FIBA is already in effect. For failing a random drug test issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), Ravena is banned from FIBA-sanctioned competitions for 18 months. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] The suspension already started last Feb. 25 and will last until August 24, 2019. As for his status with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, Ravena's camp is still seeking clarification from FIBA. At the moment, Ravena can't do anything but wait and he's at the mercy of basketball's world governing body. "For now, with the process of seeking clarification we don't want to... FIBA has been very lenient, baka pag pililtan pa, mapasama," Ravena said. "With the help of Commissioner Willie Marcial and the PBA, we are working hand-in-hand, we're doing our best to really make this easier for me and for everybody," he added. NLEX has released an official team statement regarding Kiefer.   In the time we’ve worked with @kieferravena15, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities. While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance. . The pre-workout aid that Kiefer took is completely legal in the Philippines and readily available at supplement stores around the country. The instance identified by FIBA was the first time that Kiefer tried the said pre-workout aid, and since it was readily available to the general public, he did not realize that it contained a substance specified to be prohibited in FIBA competition. In addition, Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake. We believe this does not reflect Kiefer's character in any way. . We support the SBP'S action to seek clarification with FIBA regarding the ruling with regards to whether the suspension will apply to the PBA. We will respect and uphold whatever the final decision may be. . We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time. . #OurGuy #ArangkadaNLEX A post shared by NLEX Road Warriors (@arangkadanlex) on May 28, 2018 at 3:24am PDT Obviously, the Road Warriors are sticking with their top rookie despite the uncertainty of his status in the ongoing PBA season. NLEX says it will respect and uphold any decision by FIBA. As for Kiefer, he maintains his innocence for unknowingly taking the workout drink that led to his FIBA suspension. For the record, the drink Ravena consumed is called, "Dust" and the banned substances were Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine. Kiefer supposedly consumed Dust pre-game before the Gilas Pilipinas-Japan game at the MOA Arena. He took the drug test afterwards and his urine Sample A came out positive for the three substances. Urine Sample B was tested and it came out positive again. FIBA's decision to suspend Ravena was finalized on May 22. "Plano? It's a waiting game," Ravena said of his PBA stint. "It's very difficult to make actions right away and act on instinct," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

PBA: 'Hindi ako nagsha-shabu,' says Kiefer

Kiefer Ravena is already suspended by FIBA. His status with NLEX in the PBA is uncertain. Kiefer Ravena already took that workout drink that led to him failing a drug test initiated by FIBA. His results showed that he had three substances in his system that were banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] All of that has transpired and Ravena is facing the consequences right now. However, in a country where it's almost too easy to label one as a drug user, Kiefer is asking to not mistake him as someone who's into doing illegal drugs. "I guess what I'm really particular is saying that the prohibited substances that were found in the drink, it's not your common drugs," Ravena said Monday after an official press conference that shed light on his situation. "Ayoko isipin ng tao na nagsha-shabu ako or nagma-marijuana, nagco-cocaine. That's way out of hand," he added. [Related: PBA: Ravena's status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension] Just for clarity, Ravena failed his drug test because he took a drink with ingredients that are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances. Last Feb. 25 before Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Ravena consumed a workout drink called "Dust."  The drink was bought over the counter. Illegal drugs are well... illegal. The likes of Shabu and Marijuana are under the category of illegal drugs and are not to be confused with prohibited substances. For the record, the substances found in Ravena's system that were in Dust were, Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine. Ravena has declined to mention where he bought the product and has been very apologetic of his actions. Kiefer says it was an honest mistake and a lesson learned. He has no one to blame but himself. "Kasi pag sinabi ko kung saan bibilhin baka puntahan pa at bilhin ng ibang tao. Baka subukan kung ano ba talaga feeling nun, ako pa naka-impluwensya di ba. Baka may madamay pa akong ibang Pinoy na atleta diyan na gusto lang subukan para lang masabi na 'ah ganito pala yung tine-take niya,'" he said. "With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," Ravena added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba

Kiefer Ravena, one of the country's brightest young stars, has been suspended by Fiba after he tested positive for banned substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announced on Monday. Ravena will be ineligible from Fiba competition from Feb. 25, 2018, which was the date he was subjected to a random drug testing during Gilas Pilipinas' home game against Japan, to Aug. 24, 2019, a sanction that could also keep him from suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA during the time period. SBP president Al Panlilio said they received formal communication from Fiba on May 22 that Ravena tested positive for three ingredientsDimeth...Keep on reading: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Bo Perasol has a message for his critics from Ateneo

On Saturday, Bo Perasol will be in the position to prove himself further to the University of the Philippines community during the UAAP Season 81 best-of-three Finals series. As a sidelight, he will also have every chance to redeem himself against  Ateneo de Manila University, which happens to be his former employer for three years. Before he became the head tactician of the Finals-bound Maroons, he was the head coach of the Kiefer Ravena-headlined Ateneo from Seasons 76 to 78. But those three years were not as fruitful as every Atenean wanted it to be. Either they completely missed qualifying for the Final Four or fell mercilessly short of a Finals ticket. He inherited an Ateneo team that was fresh from five consecutive championships under Norman Black's tutelage and the great Blue Eagle Ravena was in his prime years. The pressure to deliver was so heavy that when those campaigns failed, Perasol earned a lot of critics who second-guessed his decision-making. Months after leaving Ateneo, he signed up with his alma mater to mentor the Fighting Maroons. It was a gradual build-up starting with a sixth place finish in Season 79, a fifth place finish in Season 80, to this year's Finals berth. His perseverance with the former cellar dwellers is finally coming to fruition. The plot just thickens given the fact that it will be against his former team Ateneo. But Perasol wants to make things clear, this is not personal business. "What I have with Ateneo is just, in fact, gratefulness. I'm very thankful to them for giving me the chance, for believing in me. If they did not believe, I mean the people who managed the team, if they did not believe in me hundred percent, I wouldn't be there for two more years. First year palang natanggal na ako dun," said the current UP mentor. "Naniniwala ako na walang animosity in my heart when I go up against these people," he added. Days leading up to the Battle of Katipunan, there have been a lot of friendly banter on social media regarding the very interesting David and Goliath match-up. One memorable meme that came from the back-and-forth of the fans was a sarcastic one that goes along the lines of "Sa wakas, mabibigyan na ni Bo ang Ateneo ng championship. #OBF" Reporters have mentioned the meme to the amiable UP tactician and said he isn’t affected. "Okay lang yun. Again, we cannot control the minds of other people. If I'm going to entertain those thoughts, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't have had the patience or the courage to go on kapag ako apektado lagi sa mga ganun," he said. He leaves it up to the equally witty UP community to come up with some other clever reply. "Ang dami ring patawa ng mga taga UP against Ateneo. That should be the case, kaya nga naging entertaining itong basketball na ito and we're just parang nagiging pawns lang tayo dito and at the end of this we are still going to play 40 minutes of basketball, nothing personal about that," Perasol added who is also celebrating his 47th birthday on the eve of Game 1. The Finals series between UP and Ateneo would be the perfect stage for Perasol's redemption but this is not about him. Being the heavy underdogs in this series, Perasol goes back to the rhetoric that this will always be for and about the UP community. "They say that being an underdog will limit the expectations but I don't think the expectations of the UP community are quite limited right now. They would want to go all the way even if they know that we are the overwhelming underdogs," he said. "It also says how hungry we are and it's just a matter of thinking that regardless of the odds, you still have to fight through the game," he added. All UAAP fans will have the best-of-three Battle of Katipunan series to find out whether Perasol's redemption storyline will come full circle by the end of the season or not. The games will start on Saturday, December 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

PBA: Perkins on track for Rookie of the Year award

It’s going to be a battle between two former La Salle players for the 2017-2018 PBA Rookie of the Year award. Phoenix's Jason Perkins currently leads all rookies as the no. 3 pick of the 2017 Draft has accumulated an average of 23.4 statistical points so far this season. Consistent all throughout, Perkins had a strong Governors' Cup to pad his lead over former La Salle teammate Jeron Teng. The Alaska Ace is currently in second place with 18.3 SPs. Raymar Jose of Blackwater is in third place with 14.0 SPs. Top-2 picks Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are ineligible for the award after failing to meet the required number of games. Standhardinger missed all of the Philippine Cup following his stint for Hong Kong Eastern in the ABL while Ravena is currently still suspended by FIBA due to a doping violation.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

NCCA, Philippine Information Agency to promote ‘peaceful’ Mindanao

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), recently launched "Kalinaw Kultura," a nationwide information campaign to raise public awareness about the rich cultures and heritage of Mindanao and to promote it as a peaceful place. The program had been launched earlier in Iligan, Butuan and Zamboanga and will be launched soon in Davao and Cotabato. Theme of Kalinaw is "A Culture of Peace, Peace Through Culture," PIA director general Harold Clavite said during a press conference in Butuan City recently. "This is a great opportunity for us to really showcase what Mindanao is all about," Clavite said. ...Keep on reading: NCCA, Philippine Information Agency to promote ‘peaceful’ Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

US charges 7 Russian intel officers with hacking

LONDON ---The US Justice Department has charged seven Russian military intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations. An indictment announced in Washington on Thursday says Russia's military intelligence agency, known as the GRU, targeted the hacking victims because they had publicly supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions and because they had condemned Russia's state-sponsored athlete doping program. Prosecutors say the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company and an international organization that was investigating chemical weapons in Syria and the poisoning of a former GRU officer. ...Keep on reading: US charges 7 Russian intel officers with hacking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

WADA report: Kenya doping serious, not institutionalized

By GERALD IMRAY,  AP Sports Writer Kenyan athletes are the target of nearly a quarter of out-of-competition doping tests in track and field, a statistic that underlines how much suspicion there is over the world's most successful distance-running nation. Figures were revealed Thursday by the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping for the world track and field organization, the IAAF. Brett Clothier said Kenyans made up 22% of the AIU's out-of-competition testing program, and the country's athletes took up "at least the equivalent amount of time in our investigations and intelligence team." "Kenya is a great and justly proud athletics nation, but it now has a serious doping problem," Clothier said in comments accompanying the release of a report following a near two-year investigation in the East African nation by the AIU and the World Anti-Doping Agency's intelligence and investigations department. The joint report concluded there was "widespread doping" in Kenya but "the doping practices of Kenyan athletes are unsophisticated, opportunistic and uncoordinated and there is no evidence of an institutionalized system." It didn't need a two-year investigation to discover a problem, with a clear spike in cases involving athletes from the African country since around the time of the 2012 London Olympics. What the report did do, however, was dig deeper into some of the reasons behind the mess in Kenya. It appeared to separate Kenya's doping problems from that of Russia and that country's organized, state-sponsored scheme. Doping in Kenya "is different from other doping structures discovered elsewhere in the world and, as such, it requires a different approach," WADA director of intelligence and investigations Gunter Younger said. In Kenya, athletes are "insufficiently educated on doping and/or wilfully blind as to the consequences of doping," the report said. The investigation also stressed the need for better control over medical practitioners and "quasi-medical practitioners" who are "highly relevant" to the doping problem and often the source of banned substances. Overall, the report pointed to a weak and at times non-existent anti-doping effort in Kenya exacerbated by the unwillingness of athletes to help. WADA and AIU investigators said they reached out for information to 31 Kenyan athletes serving doping bans. Only seven attended interviews and none of them said they had used prohibited substances despite being found guilty at doping hearings. None of them provided any information that was helpful to the investigators. There were other findings in the report: — A total of 131 Kenyan athletes failed doping tests between 2004 and this year. Track and field was by far the worst sport in the country for failed tests. In the same period, all other sports in Kenya produced seven failed tests. — The anabolic steroid Nandrolone was the most prevalent banned substance for Kenyan athletes. The corticosteroids group, anti-inflammatories that can improve athletic performance, were the next most used. The blood-booster EPO was third most prevalent. — The AIU's focus on out-of-competition doping tests on Kenyans was prompted after only 13% of their athletes caught for doping were caught through out-of-competition tests. — Two elite Kenyan athletes, Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong and Rita Jeptoo, provided falsified medical records in an attempt to avoid doping bans. Sumgong made up a story about having to attend hospital for an emergency blood transfusion to explain testing positive for EPO. Jeptoo, the leading marathon runner in the world when she was caught in 2014, claimed she was given EPO by a doctor to treat malaria and typhoid. Both athletes were found to be lying and banned for four years......»»

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