PBA targeting June 15 opening of Season 46, says Alfrancis Chua

The PBA is targeting June 15 as the opening date of Season 46.

SMC sports director and Brgy. Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua revealed the latest development after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) gave the league the go-signal to conduct full practices and scrimmages.

“We are thinking of June 15,” replied Chua when asked about the league’s target date of opening during a guesting on the online program ‘The Chasedown’.

Chua, along with commissioner Willie Marcial, earlier met with Senator Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in Malacanang to seek approval for the league to resume activities under a closed-circuit format. The IATF later on gave the green light provided that practices are held in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified GCQ (MGCQ) and strict health protocols are to be observed.

A June opening will allow the league to hold two conferences outside a bubble format which, Marcial earlier said, was too costly and is not feasible at this point in time.

Chua stressed that despite the approval, the league still has to prove to all government agencies concerned that practice sessions can be conducted in a safe environment in order to get the validation for a June 15 start.

“Bawat teams sa PBA, alam nila kung gaano kahirap kung paano kami nabuksan para maumpisahan yung practice na 5-on-5. Hindi naman namin gusto na ensayo lang. Kung ensayo lang gusto namin, okay lang practice kami ng practice. Siyempre gusto namin makapaglaro. We have to prove to them na nag-eensayo kami, walang nahawa, wala lahat, para mapayagan na tayo,” explained the former Gin Kings head coach.

“Hindi IATF o sila Sen. Bong o si Executive Secretary. Nasa sa amin yun. We have to prove to them na kaya namin yung protocols, na maingat na maingat kami para kami makapaglaro. Binigyan ako ng susi. Kung paano namin pagagandahin yung susi, paano namin lalagyan ng bulaklak o pagagandahin yung susi, nasa sa amin na yun,” he added.

“Wag sila maging kampante. Dapat lalo kaming maging strict. If we want to stay and play the game, kailangan talaga sundin natin ‘yung tama. Ituring nila ang liga na ‘to na pamilya nila. Ituring nila na tayo nabigyan ng tsansa, wag na natin pakawalan.”

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@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
what AFC wants he will get. PBA Comm Marcial will just say yes to him
4 months ago
@peepso_user_215(sniper )
atat na atat na mag-grand slam ang team nya eh, para naman maging hero talaga sya ng mga 'crowd darlings'. 🤣
4 months ago
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
brader alam niya nakarecover na yung mga teams at players niya sa injuries kaya ready na to start the new season. kaso matatagalan pa yung pagsungkit ng grandslam. 2 conferences pa lang yung planned this season. diba yung grandslam 3 conferences dapat.
4 months ago
@peepso_user_215(sniper )
oo nga pala, postponed pala this season yung inaasam-asam nya for his team. settle na lang daw muna for back-to-back. 😁
@peepso_user_7(rock breaker)
correct me if i'm wrong but isn't ricky vargas of tnt the elected pba chairman of the board for the 4th consecutive year? anybody have any ideas why he's absent in negotiations with the government and the iatf on the resumption of the pba season? any idea why it's chua and not vargas who's with the commissioner negotiating? if i'm following the recent events involving the pba correctly, what i'm seeing is the commissioner and the SMC sports director doing the work to get the ball rolling in the resumption of the pba season while vargas and the mvp group decided to tend to their own needs and bring their organization in ilocos.
4 months ago
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