PBA chairman remains optimistic of PBA return

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Ricky Vargas expressed optimism for the league’s return to play despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

During an appearance on the webcast of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Vargas understands how dire the situation looks but said that there is no harm in still looking at the bright side.

"We would like to really think positively about being able to go back. We will improve soon," Vargas said.

The PBA has already submitted its health protocols for a potential return to practice by the teams and their players to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases but it has yet to get a reply. The league has given itself until August to decide on whether it will continue on with its stalled 45th season or just cancel it altogether.

Vargas shared there are positive signs such as the Games and Amusement Board seeking an audience with the IATF to discuss its own health protocols that can be applied if and when professional sports is allowed to resume operations in the country.

"The more positive note is the statement of GAB that it is also working to see that pro sports begin in the country," said Vargas, who is also the Talk N Text KaTropa’s governor.

Vargas added that he and the rest of the KaTropa team are optimistic that the league can resume action in the near future.

"Our players are coming together and are very hopeful that we can start. Kasi alam din naman nila na we are protecting their own health interest and families with the protocols we have put together," he said. (JNP)