Gilas Pilipinas sensation Kiefer Ravena has been suspended by the FIBA for testing positive for three banned substances (dimethylbutylamine, methylexaneamine, and higenamine) during a random drug test. The suspension will last for 18 months, which began last February up until August 2019. Under the suspension, he’s banned from playing at all FIBA-related events, as well as the PBA.
Ravena isn’t the first athlete who failed a drug test; in fact, dozens of athletes in the history of any sport have been caught doping, with some throughout their career. Here are just 8 athletes who’ve admitted on using performance-enhancing drugs at some point of their high profile careers.
The seven-time Tour de France champion has faced doping allegations ever since he won his first Tour de France title, an allegation he constantly denied throughout his career. After years of accusations, the athlete finally admitted on an interview with Oprah Winfrey about his use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career. All of his Tour de France titles were stripped off and was also given a lifetime ban from the sport.
One of the most popular tennis players in the world, Sharapova revealed that she failed a drug test during the 2016 Australian Open. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) gave her a 2-year suspension, which was later reduced to 15 months. The athlete still continues to play today, returning in the top 30.
Regarded as the greatest football player in history, Maradona’s illustrious international career was cut short when he failed a drug test at the 1994 World Cup for ephedrine doping.
The track and field athlete became world-famous with her successful run at the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning 5 medals. The fallen Olympian admitted in 2007 that she used steroids throughout her career. She was stripped of her Olympic medals and was sentenced to six months in prison for perjury, when she lied under oath to federal agents.