Player fitness to be tested in PBA restart says Alaska owner
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 06, 2020 05:19 PM
"You can do as much as you can, you think you're working hard but there's no substitute to competition, even on your own team." — Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu.
Any league attempting to return amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will face their own set of challenges.
The PBA, in particular, has been facing numerous delays in just having the teams return to practice.
Nevertheless, there is hope for a return this year in order to at least finish the stalled 2020 Philippine Cup.
Once that happens however, it might take a while before we get to see something close to normal in terms of the actual basketball games.
"As a defender, am I gonna get down and am I gonna get in the guys face knowning he may be asymptomatic and therefore I could get the disease?" Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu said on Sports Page with veteran sportscaster Sev Sarmenta, posing a situation worth taking into consideration.
"I think it's unrealistic for players to play with masks," he added.
The threat of the coronavirus will always be present, especially now that a global pandemic has broke out.
But as other leagues around the world like the NBA have proven, sports can still come back provided that strict health guidelines are implemented.
From then on, it's just a matter of getting the players ready, which again might take a while.
"The fitness levels of players will be challenged. No matter how hard you're working at home, it's not like you have your teammates to push you," Uytengsu said.
"You can do as much as you can, you think you're working hard but there's no substitute to competition, even on your own team. That's true for all players for all teams. The game might be a little slower [to start]," he added.
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