Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, and the Department of Health signed a joint administrative order that allows Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and football organizations in the country to return to training, but with limited physical activities and proper social distancing.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed last Friday that professional basketball and football teams are permitted to resume their practices amid the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pinayagan ang practice at conditioning ng basketball at football sang ayon sa request ng PBA at ibang football association,” Roque said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the resumption of PBA basketball teams and football training after almost four months of hiatus.
Last March, the PBA 45th season opened with only one game. However, due to the COVID-19 community quarantine protocols, the league suspended the said season and players’ practices to take care of everyone’s health and welfare.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said that he and the league’s 12 coaches, team managers, and the PBA Board of Governors would hold a meeting regarding the go-signal of the government. They would conclude additional safety measures that are needed for the resumption of their training sessions. This must be done for everyone’s well-being and physical conditions anyway.