PBA eyes team scrimmages by September 16

Despite the government’s decision to keep Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces under General Community Quarantine for 30 more days, the Philippine Basketball Association is dead set on pushing through with its plan of moving on to team scrimmages by the 16th of September.

Currently, teams are limited to non-scrimmage activities with a maximum of 4 players together with a member of the coaching staff and one health officer per session.

“We’re not discouraged by the extension of the GCQ status in Metro Manila. We’ll write the IATF (Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) a letter, and we hope that we be granted permission to shift our training to a higher level this September,” stressed league commissioner Willie Marcial.

The approval, however, would likely depend on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.

“If the cases increase there’s still the possibility that we will go back a stricter quarantine level,” said Marcial. “But if the numbers are steady or better yet it goes down then maybe we’ll get the approval. I really do hope so.”

At the same time, Marcial is continuing to craft proposed set-ups for PBA play resumption in preparation for his meeting with the members of the PBA board of governors.

“Lahat hinahanda namin for presentation to the PBA board,” said the 58-year old executive.

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