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As sports events try to resume around the globe, PBA hopeful to salvage 45th Season

by Reynald Magallon, May 13, 2020 4:56pm

Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner Willie Marcial is taking the resumption of leagues around the globe as welcome development, hoping that the PBA can follow suit once the health crisis gets better in the country

"May mga NBA teams na nagbukas na ng practice facilities nila at posibleng mag-resulta sa pag-resume ng NBA season. Pati yung Major League baseball malamang magbukas na ulit sa July, tapos yung football naman sa Europe magre-resume na rin. Kaya lahat ng mga ito kahit paano nagbibigay ng pag-asa sa atin na mare-resume natin yung season ng PBA," said the PBA chief.

The league's 45th Season festivities was halted by the pandemic with only one game done in the Philippine Cup.

Marcial immediately postponed the season as well as the team practices following the announcement of the authorities that they will put the Luzon Island under Community Quarantine.

The quarantine was extended several times which further pushed back PBA's possible return to a later date.

The shorter calendar dates prompted the PBA Board to shelve the usual three conference format and revise it to a single-conference season.

However, the league is not ruling out the possibility of cancelling the entire season although the return of sports events around the globe shelved some light to PBA's resumption. The Board is set to decide on the 45th Season fate on August.

"The board decision is to wait until August. Medyo matagal pa yon. Hopefully, by that time, medyo okay na, and allowed na ang gathering for a sports event, like the PBA," said Marcial.

The Metro Manila will be under a modified ECQ after May 16. And even if it get reduced to GCQ or the authroities finally allow mass gathering for sports events, the PBA is bracing for the new normal as long as there's no vaccine against CoViD-19 discovered.

"I'm kind of expected that (MECQ) kasi marami pa rin cases of infection. I'm also endorsing wearing facemask and social distancing. It's the new normal or new life for us until there's a vaccine," said Marcial.

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