Thirdy Ravena to wait for Japanese visa approval, fails to make it for B.League opener

"Sadly, I'll miss the opener," expressed by San-En NeoPhoenix’s Thirdy Ravena after visa issues caused him to miss the Japan B.League season-opener.

/ 3 October 2020

The 6-foot-3 high-flyer will have to wait a little bit longer before being able to fly to Japan before his supposed debut in Japan’s league this weekend.

“We’re fixing my visa now pero as soon as matapos yun, aalis na agad ako,” Ravena showed optimism despite visa issues.

The pro-athlete made history as the first Pinoy basketball standout to commit in the Japanese league’s groundbreaking Asian Player Quota.

San-En is set to start off its campaign in the 2020-21 B.League season with a pair of home games scheduled against the Chiba Jets on Saturday and Sunday.

“Waiting na lang kami now,” the visa issue is a test of patience to the 23-year-old swingman, as Ravena described it as he was left with no choice but to wait before being able to fly to Japan.

Once the three-time UAAP Finals MVP has his Japanese visa and flies to Toyohashi City, Ravena will also undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine which is part of the Japan Health Declaration Form authorized by the country’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.