THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is doing everything possible to help the professional athletes during the pandemic.
In golf, GAB is helping the Filipino pro golfers to get their swing back through the staging of the Philippine Golf Tour 2020.
GAB consultant for golf Oliver Gan said the government sports agency is pulling all strings to provide assistance to the professional golf industry still reeling from the effects of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking before the 8th “Usapang Sports on Air” presented by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) via Zoom, Gan assured GAB is well aware of the plight of the professional athletes during the pandemic and will do its best to provide much-needed assistance.
“GAB, headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra, is closely monitoring the situation in pro sports, including golf,” Gan told editors and reporters from the country’s leading national tabloids.
“And like in basketball, boxing, football and other professional sports under the direct supervision of GAB, steps are being taken to promote the welfare of Filipino golfers and even caddies,” added Gan in the same weekly forum sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
“Wag po tayo mag-alala dahil hindi nagpapabaya ang GAB, sa pangunguna ni Chairman Mitra, mula sa pakikipag-usap sa IATF, Department of Health, at local government units hanggang sa mga kaibigan natin sa private sector na maaaring tumulong sa mga atleta,”added Gan.
Gan also reported that GAB is now assisting the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. (PGTI) in its plan to restart the men’s and women's tours sometime in October.
Gan, who also served as sports coordinator of the PSC, said the PGTI is planning to create its bubble similar to what the NBA in Orlando.
He said only six tournaments are planned this season to be played in consecutive weeks -- from Tuesday to Friday.
Under the plan, the men’s and women’s tournaments will be played simultaneously in one venue.
Among the venues being eyed are Splendido Taal Golf Club and Summit Point in Batangas, Riviera in Cavite, Luisita in Tarlac, Pradera Verde in Pampanga and Subic Bay International in Zambales.
“As part of the IATF conditions, players will undergo swab testing and will not be allowed to wander out of the designated hotels and playing venues once the season starts. GAB will be there to supervise,” added Gan.