PBA suspends 2021 Philippine Cup

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is temporarily suspending its Philippine Cup games starting August 4 – Wednesday in support of the government’s directive in addressing the unwanted rise of COVID-19 Delta variant infections, and its announcement of placing the National Capital Region (NCR) under GCQ with heightened and additional restrictions from July 30 to August 5.

The league is waiting for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF EID) decision regarding its request to temporarily transfer and continue its games in Lipa, Batangas as NCR will be under ECQ, the strictest quarantine status, from August 6 to 20.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial disclosed on Saturday that the league has already submitted a letter to the Department of Health last week.

“We wrote a letter to the DOH for a request to play outside NCR if the restrictions won’t allow us to play within Metro Manila. We cited Lipa, Batangas as the location, and a new court will be prepared for us,” said Marcial during an interview with ESPN5.

“We’re also talking to Lipa officials, and we asked if we could play under a closed-circuit format. We’re just waiting for an answer,” he added.

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@peepso_user_215(sniper )
Tama lang yan, after 2 weeks wala na yung Delta variant ng COVID-19. Galing talaga ng IATF, mga genius!
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@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
wala pa rin ba clearance from Batangas LGU?
1 month ago
@peepso_user_61(peping )
Wala naman ata issue sa Batangas, ang hinihintay yung approval ng DOH. The point is fully vaccinated na nga PBA players and staff, so tingnan natin kung gaano kalakas ang hatak ni MVP at RSA.
1 month ago
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
IATF plans to put CALABARZON under ECQ that is why Batangas LGU don't give the clearance yet
1 month ago
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
dapat kasi may backup plan yung PBA knowing quarantine guidelines in NCR changes from time-to-time.
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