Why Kiefer Ravena suspended by FIBA?

Kiefer Ravena will miss the rest of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers due to a failed drug test conducted on February 25, 2018. Ravena will be suspended for 18 months, from February 25, 2018, to August 24, 2019.

Why Kiefer Ravena suspended by FIBA?

“I am in front of you guys to take full responsibility for my actions, despite how painful and dreadful it is,” Ravena said.

Ravena tested positive due to a pre-workout drink called “DUST,” which he took before their game against Japan.

Ravena quoted, “I regret taking this pre-workout drink without analyzing or taking extra time to research its ingredients”.

Seems like the prework out energy drink called “DUST” is not illegal in the Philippines and you can buy it anywhere over the counter nationwide.

FIBA officially issued a report which reveals Ravena’s urine sample from their game against Japan were positive for 4-methylhexan-2-amine (methylhexaneamine) and 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (DMBA). These are the specified substances forbidden in-competition under S.6 of the 2018 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methylhexaneamine can result to lose weight, build muscles, boost performance and often called as a natural stimulant of the body but has been found to create significant health threats.

Ravena is averaging 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game for Gilas Pilipinas in the past two qualifying windows.

What are your thoughts about this suspension?