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PBA to follow gov’t protocols for league resumption

By: Bong Lozada - INQUIRER.net May 23,2020 - 07:51 AM

FILE – PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial during a meeting at the league’s office in Quezon City. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines—PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the league will only resume its games when the government allows it.

According to PBA.ph, Marcial will give the go signal for the league resumption as long as it follows government protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic since basketball is a physical game and close proximity to each other is commonplace in the sport.

The Philippine Sports Institute created a matrix called “Framework Tool for Reintroducing Sport in a COVID-19 Environment,” and it states that 5×5 basketball will only be permitted after all kinds of quarantine has been lifted.

It’s on the Inter-Agency Task Force if it will adopt the PSI’s recommendations.

Marcial has no plans to hastily put the games back on and he’s more in favor of the teams’ gradual return starting with workouts.

Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine and Marcial is mulling allowing small workouts within the leagues’ respective teams when the region is transitioned to general community quarantine.

“Unti-unting balik sa normal ang plano ng gobyerno, at yun din naman ang tinitignan ng PBA,” said Marcial. “First is the set of guidelines for the return to practice. Under the GCQ, allowed and mass gatherings ng small group, so baka pwede na rin mag workout and team ng four or five players per session.”

(Things are slowly getting into normalcy according to the government and that’s also what the PBA is looking at… Mass gatherings of small groups are allowed under the GCQ so maybe teams can have workouts for four or five players between sessions.)

The PSI recommended that basketball under MECQ should be conducted individually where “ball and skill drills in front of a home” or “an enclosed public street fronting the household” are allowed.

Solo use of a public basketball or village court with “no person to person interaction or sharing of equipment” is permitted under the GCQ.

Passing drills and no-contact play are allowed under Modified GCQ but full on 5-on-5 will only be allowed when all quarantine protocols are lifted.

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