In the first step in a bid to eventually hold games in the fourth quarter of the year, the Philippine Basketball Association will meet with coaches and team managers today and discuss guidelines and protocols ahead of the resumption of practices.
In the meeting, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial will explain the measures the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) provided to the league for its approved training restart.
Like other tournaments here and abroad, Asia's first pro basketball league was suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that sent the sporting world grinding to a half since March.
The PBA was into its first week when it suspended games due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine imposed by the national government in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
The IATF last week gave the PBA the green light to allow its teams to resume its practices in a restricted capacity.
“I’m thankful to the government, the task force for giving us the opportunity to practice. It’s big for us,” Marcial said in a story on the PBA website.
“The first step is we’re going to meet with the coaches and team managers on Friday regarding the protocols, comments, suggestions and other things that they would like to address,” Marcial added.
Marcial also said a board meeting with the PBA governors will follow as early as Saturday while practices could finally resume after five to seven days.
The league’s training restart has been limited to just six individuals at a time with scrimmages still prohibited to ensure that compliance with standard health protocols such as social distancing will be observed.
Staff members of all 12 teams have also been required to undergo COVID-19 testing which will have to be submitted three days before the resumption of practices.