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Thirdy Ravena cleared to join Japan's B.League

Thirdy Ravena is leaving for Japan to participate in the B.League after several weeks of visa issues were resolved by the Japanese embassy, Ravena's father and TNT Tropang Giga coach Bong Ravena said Tuesday.

Thirdy completed his paperwork with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on Monday, going through the same processes an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) takes before being allowed to leave the country. The 23-year-old's flight details were also just confirmed on Tuesday.

"I'm just sad that he's leaving," Bong Ravena told ESPN5.com in a short message, adding that he has not talked with him yet.

Thirdy Ravena was signed by San-En NeoPhoenix as the first player under the league's new Asian Player Quota rule introduced this season. He has missed four games, with San-En dropping all four, with a combined losing margin of 104 points.

It will take a while before he can play as he will have to undergo a 14-day mandated quarantine upon his arrival.