PBA Board to discuss proposed guidelines for return


Posted at Jun 02 2020 02:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The PBA Board of Governors will convene in a meeting on Wednesday, with most intent to show up physically at the league's office in Quezon City.

They are set to craft measures to guide the teams on how to resume their training, and as well as protocols for a possible re-start of the season after the COVID-19 forced the PBA to halt all activities in March.

The meeting will still be mounted online, but chairman Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa and the rest of the league governors are expected to be present at the PBA Office, in what will be their first face-to-face conference since the lockdown.

Together with PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, they will draft the proposals for the steps leading to possible return to workouts, training, and other activities of the 12 PBA teams.

"All these, we'll do with the approval of the government. Hindi kami gagalaw without their approval," Marcial assured.

Per government guidelines, athletes are already allowed some activities in areas under the general community quarantine.

For the PBA, the end goal is to salvage the league's 45th season by holding at least one conference that would start in October at the latest. The PBA Board is set to make a final decision by August.

"Things will be easier to decide on if a vaccine for COVID-19 comes up. The government and all of us hope for it," said Marcial.

The Commissioner's Office has resumed operations, after all personnel were tested for the novel coronavirus, thanks to San Miguel Corp. president Ramon S. Ang. The PBA Office was also thoroughly disinfected last Sunday.

The Board of Governors will convene in the league's Viewing Room, which is twice the size of their conference room, to properly observe physical distancing protocols during their meeting.

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