PBA tells teams to stop practices, scrimmages for 2 weeks

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2020 03:18 PM

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial talks to media during a press conference. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has instructed its teams to stop holding activities -- including practices and scrimmages -- for the next two weeks as part of its precautionary measure against COVID-19.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed to ABS-CBN News on Friday afternoon that he has sent a memo to all teams telling them to stop practicing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Kinausap ako ng mga governors na itigil muna," said Marcial. "Sila na ang nag-initiate."

The league will reassess the situation after March 27, with Marcial acknowledging that if the conditions in the country do not improve, they will have to extend the season further.

"Baka April (2021) na tayo matapos," he admitted.

The PBA on Wednesday had put its season on hold "until further notice" due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All of its events -- including the All-Filipino Cup, the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, and the upcoming PBA 3x3 tournament -- were postponed.

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