first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments FILE – Ricky Vargas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine Olympic Committee is ready to launch a massive information campaign on prohibited drugs and banned substances that could affect the performance and careers of Filipino athletes.Saddened by the fate that befell Gilas Pilipinas guard Kiefer Ravena, POC president Ricky Vargas said they would increase awareness on the country’s anti-doping drive by individually testing athletes in the national team.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “I met recently with PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) chairman Butch Ramirez, and we jointly decided to ramp up our anti-doping program starting with random testing of our national athletes even outside of competition environment,’’ said Vargas.READ: FDA orders review of energy drinks amid Kiefer Ravena’s doping banFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRavena was suspended by the International Basketball Federation or Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for three banned substances included in the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited drugs.The rookie from the NLEX Road Warriors drank Dust, a pre-workout supplement available over the counter and sold freely in supermarkets and pharmacies, before the Gilas Pilipinas game against Japan on Feb. 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “While we in the POC remain steadfast in our support of the IOC’s (International Olympic Committee) uncompromising stance on the use of performance-enhancing substances, I understand that Kiefer took a pre-workout drink, completely unaware that it contained an ingredient that would result in this unfortunate situation,’’ said Vargas.READ: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from FibaThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has appealed Ravena’s case before the Fiba, hoping to lessen the suspension and allow him to play for the Road Warriors in the PBA.“This is obviously an innocent act by a national player who has never been known to act in defiance of any rules. However, I understand that WADA provisions are very stringent on these matters,’’ said Vargas.“I therefore appeal to all national sports associations to be constantly aware of the dire consequences of a lack of awareness and education on what substances are to be avoided,’’ he added.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kerr jokes about resigning after Warriors winlast_img

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