IATF gives green light for PBA teams to resume training

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease has approved the PBA’s request to conduct non-scrimmage workouts.

“Pinayagan na po ang practice at yung conditioning ng basketball at football, sang ayon po sa request ng PBA at ng ibang football associations,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during a media briefing.

Roque added that the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board and the Department of Health drafted the guidelines for the training, both under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified GCQ (MGCQ).

The PBA had earlier submitted a plan for the 12 teams to underdo training under strict health protocols with only four players, one safety officer and a coach/trainer allowed per session.

League commissioner Willie Marcial bared that he was already informed of the good news but hasn’t gotten hold of the formal letter yet.

“Masaya tayo sa development na ito. We’re still on track for our scheduled return. I’m sure masaya din ang mga players sa balitang ito dahil sila mismo gusto na makalaro uli,” said Marcial who added that he will schedule a meeting with the league’s 12 coaches and team managers as soon as he gets hold of the IATF’s letter of approval.

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