MPBL hoping to get clearance to finish Lakan Season

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The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is hoping to get clearance from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to finish the Lakan Season before the year ends.

In a formal letter penned by league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who is the co-chair of the IATF, the MPBL requested that it be allowed to finish the division finals as well as the national finals.

"With several games (maximum of 6) left to conclude our year, we ask permission from you to allow us to continue the remaining six games in our season," wrote Duremdes.

"We have been observing the PBA bubble and we are confident that we can comply with the necessary health protocols in order to ensure that exposure to the COVID-19 by the players and league personnel is minimized if not totally eliminated," Duremdes continued.

Duremdes said they are committed to finishing the season in a “bubble” setup, much like what the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is doing. The MPBL was down to its division finals with Davao Occidental and Basilan battling it out in the South Division and Makati and San Juan facing off in the North Division. The respective division champions will figure in a best-of-five showdown for the MPBL national title.

However, all games were put on hold on March 16 due to the threat of Covid-19.

"Once we get the go-signal from the government, we will continue with the playoffs," said Duremdes. (JNP)