More stringent health protocols to be established for FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

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The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is leaving no stone unturned to make sure everyone involved in the upcoming third and final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifier is safe.

Hence, health protocols that will be enforced are expected to be stricter than that of the recently concluded “bubble” of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The SBP said that the international governing body for basketball — FIBA — is requiring all incoming teams to go through Covid-19 testing 72 hours before their departure from their home country. Upon arrival in the Philippines, they must also go through another round of testing at the Clark International Airport.

Anyone who will yield a positive result will be isolated in an area that will be assigned by the SBP and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which is under the leadership of president and CEO, Secretary Vince Dizon.

“Depending on the procedure that we will work out with the group of Sec. Dizon, you may be transferred to an isolation facility until you’re all clear again,” said SBP executive director, Sonny Barrios, during the press conference last weekend.

“We want to assure everybody that we’ll ensure the safety and health of everyone in the bubble. That’s the first and foremost objective,” said Dizon.

In fact, anyone who is found positive will have to stay longer in the country even if it means being left by their team once their respective stints are concluded.

“If it takes 14 days, even if your team has already departed earlier than 14 days, you will stay in the quarantine place until you’re all clear. That’s how strict the group of Secretary Vince will be. That’s why he keeps on repeating he intends to make it even a safer bubble than what we have,” added Barrios.

Another wrinkle that will be implemented in the qualifiers is the one person per room rule. Unlike the PBA “bubble” where each room had two players, this time, each player will have his own room at the Quest Hotel.

“It’s one to a room. There’s no room sharing,” explained Barrios. (JNP)>