May 26, 2020

PBA ball clubs to sweat it out in the gym soon?

DEPENDING on the ruling of the Inter-Agency Task Force, PBA teams may start gym workout sessions - perhaps by small batches - at the end of the third quarantine extension in Metro Manila on May 31.

This as the Metro Manila Council, consisting of 16 cities and one municipality, is reportedly leaning towards recommending the downgrade of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region.

Under GCQ, some sporting events are allowed.

"Mass gatherings such as, but not limited to, movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies and non-essential work gatherings shall be allowed provided that participants shall be limited to 50-percent of the venue or seating capacity," according to IATF's latest guidelines.

This should be music to the ears of PBA officials, who are hoping PBA teams to resume some training activities soon.

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"Unti-unting balik sa normal ang plano ng gobyerno, at yun din naman ang tinitignan ng PBA. First is the set of guidelines for the return to practice. Under the general community quarantine, allowed na ang gathering ng small group, so baka naman pwede na rin mag-work out ang team ng four or five players per session," PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has said.

At the moment, ball clubs have their players sweating it out in their respective homes, with trainers conducting the session via online.

Marcial wishes for some live activities by July, a month before the crucial board meeting in August where league honchos decide on whether to save or scrap PBA Season 45.

The league had just played one game in PBA Season 45 when it called an indefinite suspension at the early stage of what has become a full-blown coronavirus pandemic.(SB)

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