TNT’s 20-day bubble in Calamba, Laguna will be a good experiment regarding the safety of players and staff and could possibly serve as the prototype for the PBA once the league eventually sets up its own for the resumption of the mothballed 2020 Philippine Cup.
PBA chairman and KaTropa governor Ricky Vargas said that while the league has plans to come up with its own assessment, the team is more than willing to share its experiences and findings once its training in the Inspire Sports Academy has concluded.
“I think the PBA will do its own look-and-see so they will make their own determination. Because nandun na kami, we can probably share our experiences,” said Vargas during the Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum.
TNT is the only team that has opted for a bubble setup which began Wednesday, August 26 and is hoping that this system would prevent players from getting infected with COVID-19.
“We think it’s safer to have a bubble kasi yung mga players hindi na lalabas at magkasama sila, hindi katulad ng iba na pagkatapos ng gym, ewan ko kung maliligo pa sila dun or sa bahay na lang tas they’ll travel to their respective homes and travel back,” explained Vargas.
“So there are certain risks there. Baka malihis, pumunta sa ibang lugar. We think that staying together has many benefits,” he added.