PBA hopeful for 2020 return after getting practice green light

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 27, 2020 05:01 PM
PBA hopeful for 2020 return after getting practice go-signal
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It's finally go time for the PBA.

The league has received official approval to have all 12 of its teams start training even as the country deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Joint Administrative Order that allows the PBA teams to begin practice was released Monday. Officials who signed the order were Games and Amusements Board Chairman Abraham Mitra and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

[Related: PBA, other pro sports cleared to resume training]

The PBA is hopeful that this first step can lead to the eventual restart of the 2020 season.

"Nagpapa-salamat ako sa gobyerno dahil napayagan na tayo mag-simula, meron ng JAO," Commissioner Willie Marcial said

"Hopefully, dire-direcho na tayo," Marcial added.

In anticipation of the order, the PBA has set its health guidelines for teams to start practices.

[Related: PBA: Heavy fines await COVID-19 protocol violators]

Each team will train by batch, with only up to six people inside the facility at a given time. The practice venue will then be disinfected before the next six people enter. PBA teams will also undergo regular COVID-19 testing. No test means no practice.

Finally, PBA players are encouraged to practice the "closed circuit" method to limit their exposure to the coronavirus.


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