Almost two months after his FIBA suspension, Kiefer Ravena is trying to make a change.
Last May, Ravena was suspended by FIBA for 18 months after testing positive for WADA-banned substances, which he unknowingly consumed from a pre-workout drink.
Ravena was subsequently prohibited from joining Gilas Pilipinas in international competitions, as well as playing for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA which effectively ended his promising rookie campaign.
Despite being ineligible to participate in all basketball-related activities, however, Kiefer is using his time away from basketball to raise awareness about prohibited substances and venture into new projects.
Here’s what the Phenom has been up to over the first 45 days of his year-and-a-half-long suspension.
Following the FIBA sanction, Ravena turned his focus on raising awareness about performance-enhancing drug and educating other athletes, coaches and sports officials on what are the substances that are actually considered illegal by FIBA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
In fact, earlier this month, Kiefer was one of the guest speakers in the Philippine Olympic Committee’s first ever Anti-Doping seminar held for athletes who are set to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.
Ravena is also actively supporting activities that promote anti-doping, using his platform and large following to spread information about his advocacy.
— Kit Guinhawa (@BeatKit22) July 14, 2018
Return to NBTC as host
Besides his advocacy, Ravena also took the chance to promote high school basketball through the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24.
An NBTC alum himself, Kiefer will be hosting the new season of the program that highlights and recognizes the best high school prospects in the country
According to a post on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Facebook page: “Kiefer Ravena (NBTC, 2007) will join Mikee Reyes (NBTC, 2008) as hosts of the new season that will showcase the best of the best in the NCAA, CESAFI, and UAAP Juniors Basketball competition.”
May Nagbabalik!In the second year of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24, we are going big!From Manila to Cebu, we will be highlighting the best up-and-coming Manok ng Bayan in the high school ranks.And we have a surprise analyst for this season.To know who it is, watch this video!#ManokNgBayan #ChooksNBTC #LabanPilipinas #PUSO
Posted by Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas on Friday, 29 June 2018
The online show is slated to kick off this July 16.
Staying fit and basketball-ready
Ravena is also focused on staying in shape as he serves his suspension. Last month, he even said that his aim is to have “eight-pack” abs and vowed to achieve it in one year and five months.
The lack of competition and basketball play will be a problem for Ravena, but at least he’s committed to staying in the best condition.
However, Ravena — who has been doing work with his conditioning coaches as well — is obviously itching to play again, particularly for his ball club NLEX in the PBA.
1 month after my ban…. 😬😬😬 just want to get back on the floor with my @ArangkadaNLEX brothers.
— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) June 21, 2018
It’s still a long time before we can see Ravena on the hard court again, but fans can rest easy with the way Ravena is handling his punishment.