Teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) have to wait a little while longer before they can sweat it out in small group training sessions, as they all still have to go through mandatory swab testing for COVID-19.
However, league commissioner Willie Marcial revealed that with testing centers currently operating at full capacity, it won’t be until August 6 and 7 when teams will be able to have their players tested. This development means teams and their players will have to wait until either August 10 or 11 to resume practicing.
Initially, the plan was for all the teams to go through testing at the San Miguel Corp. compound but that plan was scrapped as it was found out that the release of the test results might get delayed if all the teams had the swab testing done there.
Swab testing is a part of the strict PBA health protocols that was given the go-signal by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases). The commissioner maintains that no player will be allowed to practice if he has not gone through COVID-19 testing.
In spite of this setback, Marcial remains optimistic of the PBA’s chances of returning to game action.
"On track pa rin tayo," said Marcial.
League officials, coaches and players feel the league’s return may help give Filipinos entertainment and most importantly, hope during this health crisis. (JNP)