May 19, 2020

Guiao: PBA play resumption to provide hope, inspiration

FOR NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, the PBA being able to return to play sooner than later would be a great contribution to the general public.

Guiao said PBA resumption would provide entertainment and more importantly hope and inspiration that the Filipino people can get back to normal life if each one follows protocols and guidelines set by the government to beat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The veteran mentor said there are the examples of various big leagues abroad that the PBA can follow.

"There are many concepts and ideas already being discussed. There's the Germany model for their Bundesliga na nakabalik na," said Guiao.

And there are the protocols set in the resumption of sports plays in South Korea and Taiwan, and the parameters guiding NBA teams in their return to practices.

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"Unti-unti gagawa ng protocol ang PBA. Meron silang proposed protocols. They're already talking about it right now. Nagkaka-usap din kami ni Kume (Commissioner Willie Marcial) tungkol sa mga ideas," said Guiao.

"I kept referring them the models abroad," he added.

Guiao is among those batting to save PBA Season 45, even with the holding of one tourney, convinced these would provide hope and inspiration to the people.

"May mga naririnig na tayong mental issues, depressions, lungkot, anxiety. Tingin ko if we can provide some entertainment, makakatulong tayo sa issue na ito," said Guiao.

"May lockdown fatigue na nga. That's the price we have to pay for now. But we can contribute na kalimutan panandalian ang sitwasyon. And if they can see na nakakagalaw na ang PBA, makakapagbigay ito ng hope and set direction. Makakatulong tayo as a league," he added. (SB)

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