ADD Kiefer Ravena to the list of PBA players who fell victim after innocently taking supplements that have banned substances.
A second generation player, Ravena was the latest PBA player to be tested positive in a random testing conducted by FIBA right after their second window game against Japan in Manila.
In 2003, the PBA also did its random testing and surprisingly, several players were found positive during the test – players you couldn’t imagine would be positive for banned drug substance.
Then-star players Jun Limpot, Noli Locsin, Davonn Harp, back up center Long David and reserve slotman Ryan Bernardo among others were tested positive during the random testing conducted by the PBA. These players were taking supplements that were found to have banned substances.
But are there any flaws to this kind of procedure, prompting players to flunk during the test?
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao told FOX Sports Philippines that anything which has human intervention is not perfect at all.
“Lahat naman as long as may human intervention, may mga flaws talaga. But as technology comes, lumiliit na yun flaws,” Guiao said in a telephone interview. “I’m surprised, of course, that he (Kiefer) tested positive.”
Ravena said he had no hesitation submitting himself to drug testing as he was sure to himself that he is clear from any banned substance.
“Nothing at all. I was very confident. Kapag narinig naman natin na drug test alam naman natin kung ano yung hinahanap nila,” he said.
“I’m not taking marijuana, cocaine or shabu. I’m not that type of person. So I just nonchalantly took the test without even hesitating. We ended around 10 p.m. and I went home and I was tired. I took the drug test not knowing this would be the outcome,” added Ravena.
A banned substance was found in Dust Extreme, a supplement, mixed with water, which he took during a training camp in Australia. The said supplement was available over the counter in the metropolis.