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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

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

Heneral Luna joins Globe and Disney’svolunteering ‘revolution’

CARE and Protect Life on Earth (CAPABLE) Foundation, an outreach program established by award-winning actor John Arcilla, recently joined Globe Telecom’s nationwide volunteering program called Time Please, in a bid to entice more people to participate in activities that promote environmental awareness. Globe, in partnership with The Walt Disney Philippines, last month launched Time Please […] The post Heneral Luna joins Globe and Disney’svolunteering ‘revolution’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas By the Numbers: Release the Kraken

That's two teams Gilas Pilipinas has now swept in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Despite limited preparation once again, the national team only started daily practice last Monday for their Friday game in Taipei, Gilas Pilipinas dominated Taipei on their home floor, scoring a masterful 93-71 victory to start the third window of the opening round of these qualifiers. Despite first-quarter woes persisting, the Philippines played its finest game of the tournament to date, setting up the highly-anticipated rematch against Australia. But before the Boomers come to town, let's take a quick look back at Gilas Pilipinas' impressive win over the Taiwanese.   22 Number of points for June Mar Fajardo, his new FIBA career high. The Kraken came off the bench and played just a shade under 21 minutes for Gilas Pilipinas. He was dominant. Fajardo made nine of his 12 shots from the field and scored 11 points in the third period, helping Gilas Pilipinas establish its dominance. By the way, June Mar's previous FIBA high was 17 points, also against Taipei back in the first window. We're guessing Fajardo likes playing the Taiwanese.   14 Number of points for Terrence Romeo. In his debut game in these Qualifiers, the Bro also came off the bench, playing 25 minutes. With Kiefer Ravena suspended, Terrence has regained his spot as the main backup point guard for the national team, just behind his TNT teammates Jayson Castro. Against Taipei, Romeo was calm and cool, collecting 14 points on 54 percent shooting all while dishing out six assists. The Bro had zero turnovers.   51 Number of bench points for Gilas Pilipinas. The bulk came from Fajardo and Romeo of course but the rest of the bench came through as well with RR Pogoy adding eight points and Troy Rosario adding another five. Gilas' second unit came to play.   12 Number of turnovers for Gilas Pilipinas. Despite the slow start, the national team was never really erratic, they were just missing shots. Gilas did a great job of being in control all game. In comparison, Taipei had 22 giveaways.   14 Number of steals for Gilas Pilipinas. The Philippines was in control on offense but the national team was absolutely chaotic on defense. Gilas forced 22 turnovers, 14 from steals. Gabe Norwood led the pack with five, proving that he's still the country's premier defended. Andray Blatch had three steals as he capped a fine all-around performance. He also had two blocks to go along with 13 points and 12 rebounds, easily his most productive and active performance in the Asian Qualifiers.   4 Number of wins for Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Qualifiers, same as Australia. With the Philippines dominant win and the Boomers' shock loss to Japan, the Gilas-Australia rematch will be for first place in Group B. Game is set for Monday, July 2, at the massive Philippine Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Angara pushes drug awareness program

SEN. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara pushed for the passage of a bill creating a nationwide education and awareness program on illegal drugs to prevent drug addiction among the youth. The senator made the call after the Department of Education (DepEd) opposed the plan of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct mandatory drug testing [...] The post Angara pushes drug awareness program appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Guiao appeals for clemency

NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said the other day FIBA should consider the circumstances surrounding Kiefer Ravena’s consumption of a drink that contained stimulants banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as performance-enhancing-drugs and called the 18-month suspension for testing positive “unfair.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

PVL: It s a blessing in disguise -- Valdez on Ravena suspension

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez sees the suspension of boyfriend Kiefer Ravena frominternational and professional basketball as a ‘blessing in disguise’ that would benefit Filipino athletes, as it raises awareness on banned substances. Ravena tested positive for three banned substances in a random drug test conducted after the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Gilas guard was slapped with an 18-month ban on all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments. Ravena took a pre-workout drink called Dust, which he allegedly bought over the counter. “Yeah I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na lahat kasi everything’s over the counter,” said Valdez after Creamline’s 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, win over BaliPure-National University Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We just want to perform well, to be ready sa lahat ng games natin and dahil sa nangyari at least alam natin na ano kailangan din natin maging careful din,” she added. Ravena, for now, is banned from engaging in any basketball related activities including playing for and practicing with his mother team NLEX in the PBA while serving the FIBA sanction.   The former Ateneo de Manila University cage star is currently active in raising awareness among fellow athletes on the WADA list of banned substances.   “We can’t say we’re ok but I think Kiefer is a man who stands sa mga nangyayari,” Valdez said. “I really don’t know how to answer ‘cause I’m not in the position of Kiefer to answer naman. But I know everyone who’s behind din naman is really supporting him kung ano man ang nangyayari.” “Actually it’s a nice way of seeing parang looking at the brighter side na at least alam natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay,” she said. “Everyone’s supporting him naman din also so we’re OK naman.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Vargas urges Kiefer Ravena to stay away from game

PBA chairman and POC president Ricky Vargas has advised Kiefer Ravena to stay away from the game in the meantime after both the national cage federation and the pro league decided to abide by the FIBA ruling on his 18-month suspension after a failed doping test......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger comes to the defense of an embattled Kiefer

Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena have grown to be very close friends since last year. Teammates in Gilas Pilipinas and the top-2 picks of the 2017 PBA Draft, Standhardinger and Ravena are as close as they could get. So when Ravena got an 18-month suspension from FIBA for doping, Standhardinger was affected as well. [Related: PBA: Helpless Kiefer can only watch NLEX from afar for now] Standhardinger was particularly affected for all the negative comments his friend has been receiving since the controversy went mainstream. And on Wednesday, just after he picked up his first career PBA win, Standhardinger took the time to defend Kiefer. "I've been seeing a lot of bad comments regarding that, regarding Kiefer's character. That's just complete... I don't know if I can use the word, but bullsh*t," Standhardinger said as he came to the defense of Ravena. "Kiefer is a great guy, he's a very responsible guy," he added. Kiefer tested positive form three substances included in the WADA's list of Prohibited Substances. He got those substances in his system after taking a pre-workout drink called Dust. Ravena admitted to the violation but he called it an honest mistake and he has accepted the 18-month ban. "If you guys check the FIBA application  -- nothing against the FIBA  -- there's so many substances, it's a fricking long list. So it's very hard," Standhardinger said, implying that the violation could have happened to anyone. "It's very easy to just have an error and make a mistake there. I think Kiefer apologized, and Kiefer will have ... I mean, that's a big punishment, being out for 18 months, and that's his punishment. There should not be any bad comments or bad-mouthing, or shaming. That's not your spot to do, you know? He got his punishment, he took responsibility, what more do you want to do?" he added. Ultimately, Standhardinger says that everyone can learn a lesson from Kiefer's mistake. But the top rookie lauded Ravena for handling the situation as best as he can. "I think that it's a good learning point for all of the Gilas players," he said. "But I think Kiefer is handling the situation great, and with a lot of character and responsibility," Standhardinger added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018