THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and two other professional leagues will start kicking off their much-delayed training resumption in a few days after Metro Manila and other nearby provinces eased back to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting yesterday.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial told the People's Journal that the league has set mandatory PCR testing for the 12 teams this week before officially returning to the hardcourt for the government-approved small group training sessions beginning on August 25.
Two other pro leagues--Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3x3 and Philippines Football League--will follow suit.
Newly turned pro Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3x3 will also get its squads swabbed this Friday ahead of practices eyed at the University of the Philippines Epsilon Chi Center by Monday.
On the other hand, the Philippines Football League (PFL), which already conducted tests last month, is waiting for the clubs to schedule their training at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
Marcial said the quintets are booked for testing today and tomorrow at the Makati Medical Center and San Miguel Corp. facilities (for the three SMC teams).
"Mga dalawa o tatlong araw, nasa amin na resulta. Sana wala ng problema para tuloy tuloy na," Marcial said.
Marcial is confident that the pro league will salvage one conference in their 45th season rudely stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. The league was into its first few days when the national government ordered a lockdown on Metro Manila, thus leaving the league with no choice but to cancel the games starting in the third week of March.
The looming workouts gave the pro league more hope for play resumption by October.
Per provisions in the Joint Administrative Order signed by the Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board and Philippine Sports Commission, contact drills and actual games may be allowed in low risk areas (modified GCQ).
According to Marcial, they are hopeful they could resume play in the Philippine Cup in October.
"Sana mag improve na ang situation para makapag-scrimmage na uli at pag ang NCR ay naging MGCQ, malaki ang tsansa na bumalik na tayo sa October," he said.