CEBUANO Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players Roger Ray Pogoy and Will McAloney can finally breathe easy after the two tested negative for Covid-19 during the team-mandated tests that were conducted on June 8, 2020.
Part of the health protocols that the PBA submitted to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is to have every player tested for Covid-19.
After all the players, coaches and staff of the teams under the San Miguel Corp. umbrella tested negative last week, the next batch of teams that took the test were the ones from the MVP group.
McAloney, an incoming rookie for the NLEX Road Warriors, recalled how nervous he was before the tests.
“I was really nervous before the tests. I was thinking ‘What if I would test positive?’ It would have been okay if I was by myself, but what about my family? I just kept on praying that I would test negative,” said McAloney, the former University of San Carlos and Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol standout.
McAloney said he was elated when the results came in that he was negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
“I was really happy. Because like I said, I was really scared about the prospect of me having it since no matter how careful we are, we really don’t know if we are asymptomatic,” McAloney shared.
Pogoy, the pride of Talisay City and current Talk N Text star, said he too was happy with the results. But he still cautioned everyone to stay vigilant and observe the proper health protocols.
“I was very happy that I was negative for Covid-19. But we can’t let our guard down since we can get the virus anytime,” shared Pogoy.
The entire TnT Katropa, NLEX and Meralco teams also emerged negative from Covid-19. Results of the rapid test done on the players, coaches, and even utility workers showed none among them are afflicted with the dreaded virus.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said the results of these tests are an encouraging development moving forward as the league aspires to finally be given the green light to resume training among its 12 teams.