Joint order allows professional sports teams training

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The road to the revival of the professional sports scene in the Philippines took its next step after the joint administrative order (JAO) involving the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health (DOH) was finally signed on Monday, July 27, 2020.

The crucial development was confirmed by GAB chairman Baham Mitra. Signing the administrative order were Mitra, PSC chairman William Ramirez and DOH secretary, Fracisco Duque.

"Finally, the wait is over - the JAO has been signed. Last month, I and Commissioners Ed Trinidad and Mar Masanguid approached the IATF and DOH to ask for their guidance on how to safely reboot the operations of professional sports in the country,” read the statement by Mitra.

"Chairman Ramirez, Secretary Duque, and I have already signed the joint admin order. We are so happy and excited that finally after more than four months our professional football and basketball players can now shake off some pounds they may have acquired during the quarantine," Mitra added.

For the PBA and the PFL, a maximum of five players will be allowed to train at one single time in areas that are under general community quarantine. Meanwhile, a maximum of 10 players can practice in areas under modified general community quarantine.

Fines and even legal action may be given to those who violate any of the health protocols cited in the JAO. (JNP)