Sorry but sports will have to wait again -- Mitra

August 04, 2020
Abraham “Baham” Mitra
Abraham "Baham" Mitra

SPORTS will have to take a backseat -- again.

With President Duterte placing Metro Manila and other nearby provinces under modified enhanced community quarantine due to the resurgence of coronavirus disease, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) said the  resumption of trainings of  professional sports  will be delayed for couple of days.

"In light of the President Duterte's approval of the IATF's  recommendation to revert Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal to modified enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 4-18,  the resumption of professional sports trainings will be delayed for couple of days," said GAB Chairman Abraham "Baham" Mitra.

Mitra said the GAB will now implement the provisions of the GAB-Philippine Sports Commission-Department of Health Joint Administrative Order.

"If a particular area is under MECQ, only individual sports or physical activities, such as outdoor walk, jogging, running and biking, shall be allowed," explained Mitra.

The three-time lawmaker from Palawan also said the resumption of trainings of the PBA, Philippine Football League and Chooks-to-Go 3x3 will also be delayed.

"There will also be a slight delay in the resumption of trainings of the PBA and PFL," said Mitra.

"But rest assured that the GAB will take advantage of the temporary halt to prepare our stakeholders in order to ensure the safe return of activities related to professional sports."

Earlier, Mitra thanked the DOH for their efforts to help professional athletes during the pandemic.

"We are really thankful to DOH. I know that they are busy , but they spared us some time to help our professional athletes," said Mitra.

Mitra was referring to the recent "Kamustahan sa GAB" weekly online program where leading health experts and various stakeholders in professional sports  had open discussion on the current health situation.

Among those present during the open forum were Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, Director IV- Health Promotion and Communication Services of the DOH and Rodley Desmond Carza, Head of DOH Technology and Policy Section.

More than 100 sportsmen, including GAB licensed boxer and SEA games medalist Charly Suarez, former PBA superstar Alvin Patrimonio, PBA Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro, Philippine Football Federation (PFL) Commissioner Mikhael Torre, and Boxing Ring Officials of the Philippines president Dante Almario also attended the program. 

Dr. Redentor Viernes, GAB Medical Chief, also discussed the GAB medical guidelines and inspection procedures Viernes outlined the engineering and administrative requirements which must be observed before an actual training may be allowed to resume.

Dr. Ho, on the other hand,  discussed the final version of the Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001, the document that allows the official resumption of professional sports trainings after almost a five-month hiatus.