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GAB says Calvin Abueva has shown 'utmost eagerness' to play again

Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva has continued to express "utmost eagerness" in returning to play, according to a statement by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

Abueva, who had his professional license recently renewed by the government agency, attended an online seminar on the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of a Professional Athlete organized by the GAB as part of the conditions set forth last week.

"He interacted with vigor and expressed utmost eagerness to return back to the game for the sake of his children not wanting them to end up with what he has experienced as a child," according to Kara Mallonga, one of the participants of the seminar.

Following the seminar, Abueva will also undergo a drug test as the second caveat of his license reinstatement.

"He acknowledged that he used to have a tendency to become overwhelmed but has now proactively sought of ways on how to manage his emotions," she added.

Mallonga furthered that Abueva had a grasp of the concepts of conduct and ethics required of a professional athlete, an issue which played a part in his 15-month-long suspension from the PBA.

"He duly emphasized how due process and mental health support was important in maintaining a good sense of self of a professional athlete," explained the civil servant.

The forward was meted an indefinite suspension on top of a P70,000 for committing two separate on-court incidents in June 2019.

Since his suspension, Abueva has been trying to complete a series of requirements by the PBA as part of an effort to straighten him out.

Among those are counseling, a drug test, community service, and an additional unspecified requirement by the league.

He was included by the team in their 15-man lineup inside the PBA bubble in Clark Freeport Zone, and ahs been in the bubble since last week.