MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) obtained approval from the national government’s pandemic task force to open its 46th season on July 16 in Pasig City, according to the Chairman of the Board of Games and Amusements ( GAB), Baham Mitra.
“We are very pleased that the PBA has been allowed to resume,” Mitra said on GAB’s monthly virtual press on Friday morning.
“The PBA requested to begin their season at Ynares Sports Arena, where they will adopt a closed-circuit and semi-bubble configuration,” added Commissioner Eduard Trinidad.
“The recommendations of the professional sports division headed by (Trinidad) have been taken into consideration by the technical working group (Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases),” Mitra added.
Originally, the PBA was scheduled to open its season on April 9 to coincide with its anniversary. However, an increase in coronavirus cases has prevented Asia’s pioneer league from doing so.
The Inquirer has reached out to league commissioner Willie Marcial for comment, but he politely declined due to an ongoing meeting.
Marcial said in a previous interview that the league is likely to enter another shutdown in the event of another spike in new COVID-19 cases.
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