Women’s basketball players now have a professional league of their own following the approval given by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).
No less than GAB chairman Baham Mitra confirmed the milestone during a virtual press conference on Wednesday, which also saw him announce the pro status of the National Basketball League-Pilipinas.
“Basketball is not just only for males. Because of what happened today, I think NBL is also advocating gender equality,” shared Mitra during the press conference.
“Today is a special day for all our homegrown players. Today is also a special day for women’s players who have been dreaming of playing in a professional women’s league,” relayed NBL executive vice president Rhose Montreal.
The NBL/WNBL now joins the ranks of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 as pro leagues in the country. However, NBL officials reiterated that they are not going to compete with either one and will maintain their thrust to give homegrown players the opportunity to play on a bigger stage.
The NBL’s format mandates teams to field only homegrown talents from their respective province, city, or municipality.
Meanwhile, head coach Marvin Caro shared that he and the rest of the management team are still in the process of finalizing their plans to join the league.
“We’re at 80%,” said Caro, a decorated and well-known coach who hails from Lapu-Lapu City.
Caro however, shared that the league’s professional status might hinder him from getting good young players. For one, it will prohibit him from tapping players from the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI).
“There’s going to be a problem because there’s going to be a lot of conflicts owing to the league’s pro status,” said Caro. (JNP)