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Alfrancis Chua clarifies Justin Brownlee has final say on anti-doping appeal

Alfrancis Chua expressed his support for Justin Brownlee whatever his decision is on appealing his failed drug test. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Gilas Pilipinas team manager Alfrancis Chua clarified that it's still Justin Brownlee's call if he wants to appeal his failed anti-doping test during the Asian Games.

This is amid the concurrent Ginebra governor's earlier statement that the team might rule out doing so in danger of a stricter suspension awaiting its resident import.

"Bahala siya kung gusto niyang ipa-open yung B sample," Chua said on Tuesday right after the PBA Season 48 press conference at the Diamond Hotel.

Brownlee has until Thursday to decide if he is going to appeal his drug test, and if he indeed opts to do so, his B sample will be tested.

If the B sample, which according to Chua will come from the same urine as the A sample, confirms the failed doping test, Brownlee is at risk of getting banned from playing for two years.

This is why Chua said during the press conference that the Gin Kings might opt not to appeal the verdict.

Whatever Brownlee's final decision will be, though, Chua assured that Ginebra will support him.

"We're behind Justin, but this is too personal. Kailangan respetuhin natin kung ano yung gusto niya," Chua further said, adding that he is keeping constant communication with him.

Chua then bared that Brownlee would meet with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to map out their next plan.

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