PBA wants "basketball bubble" as it prepares for life after COVID-19

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 19, 2020 11:52 AM
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Early measures are already being discussed by the PBA as the league prepares to hopefully return to action following the COVID-19 pandemic.

After two months, the Philippine government has decided to ease the community quarantine period this week. While sports gatherings are still not allowed, the PBA has started internal discussions on how the league would proceed.

"Unti-unting balik sa normal ang plano ng gobyerno, at yun din naman ang tinitignan ng PBA," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said.

"First is the set of guidelines for the return to practice. Under the general community quarantine, allowed na ang gathering ng small group, so baka naman pwede na rin mag-work out ang team ng four or five players per session," he added.

The PBA Board has already decided to wait until August to finalize the league's immediate future but should the season resume, all 12 PBA teams would need some time to prepare once again.

In the ongoing 2020 Philippine Cup, there was only one game played before the season was ultimately suspended due to the coronavirus.

As the PBA hopes to return, new health measures will be implemented to ensure safety of everyone involved.

"Bago gamitin ng teams natin ang mga practice venues nila, we have to make sure those places are disinfected, at lahat ng equipment na hahawakan ng mga players natin ay disinfected din," Marcial said.

"It's to make sure that we have a clean bubble, and we have to protect that bubble," the Commissioner added.

Around the world, some sports leagues are back in action after suspension brought about by COVID-19.

Mainly, some NBA teams have started to open their practice facilities, allowing a few players at a time to begin training.

For the PBA, if all goes well, a September return could be the best-case scenario.

"If the situation improves, leading to the lifting of restrictions by August, then we can resume play in September," Marcial said.


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