PBA, other pro sports cleared to resume training
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 27, 2020 02:48 PM
(Photo: Richard Esguerra)
Professional sports including the PBA has received the green light to resume training after the Joint Administrative Order of the Games and Amusements Board, the Philippine Sports Commission and Department of Health was signed on Monday.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra, PSC chairman William ‘Buth’ Ramirez and Health secretary Francisco Duque signed the JAO.
"Chairman Ramirez, Secretary Duque, and I have already signed the joint admin order,” said Mitra in a statement. “We are so happy and excited that finally after more than four months our professional football and basketball players can now shake off some pounds they may have acquired during the quarantine."
The clearance came a month after Mitra together with Commissioners Ed Trinidad and Mar Masanguid approached the Inter-Agency task Force (IATF) and DOH to ask for their guidance on how to safely reboot the operations of professional sports in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With the development, professional sports are expected to return to action soon.
"We expect them to practice maybe for a month or two to be match fit and hopefully when quarantine levels go down, they may be allowed to eventually play. It is effective immediately," Mitra said.
Teams from the PBA and the Philippine Football League can now resume training following strict health and safety guidelines and protocol. The PBA, however, will only start training once all the teams have completed their swab-testing.