The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is looking to take the next step in its bid to potentially get its stalled 45th season a restart.
With Manila and its surrounding areas still under general community quarantine (GCQ) status, league commissioner Willie Marcial said they are moving forward with plans to ask permission from the government to allow teams to have more active practice sessions that include scrimmages later this month.
"We're not discouraged by the extension of the GCQ status in Metro Manila. We'll write the IATF (Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) a letter, and we hope that we be granted permission to shift our training to a higher level this September," Marcial was quoted as saying on the PBA website.
At the moment, PBA teams are only allowed to train in small batches.
Aside from the IATF, Marcial added that he will also seek approval from the body that crafted the Joint Administrative Order that allowed them to return to training.
The body is composed of the Department of Health, the Games and Amusements Board and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Marcial added that they are in the process of finalizing different set-ups for the league’s resumption, which they will present to the league’s board of governors.
This includes the initial bubble set-up that was discussed by PBA chairman Ricky Vargas last week.
"Lahat hinahanda namin for presentation to the PBA board (We’re preparing everything for presentation to the PBA Board)," said Marcial.
The league’s 45th season got underway last March and managed to play one game before play was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (JNP)