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PSC: 5-on-5 basketball only allowed to return once Quarantines lifted, COVID-19 vaccine available
by Niel Victor Masoy, May 21, 2020 3:36pm
It appears that Filipinos are in for a long wait before they can finally play their beloved basketball again.
Under the Philippine Sports Commission's Filipino FIRST (Fitness and Recreational Sport-reintroduction Tool), the public may only be allowed to play 5-on-5 and even 3x3 basketball once the Quarantines are lifted, and the COVID-19 vaccine is available.
This stems from the recreational all the way to the professional stage of basketball in the country.
Meaning, the UAAP, NCAA, MPBL, PBA D-League, and the PBA can't hold their basketball events until such time that the aforementioned conditions are achieved by the country.
It's not totally no basketball at all, though, as PSC set guidelines as to how people can play ball depending on the type of Quarantine their respective areas are under.
People living in areas under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) can play on their own court inside the premises of their respective homes or lots only.
For people living in areas under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), hoopers are allowed to play by themselves or solo only in the courts of their streets and/ or villages. Prohibited are sharing of equipment and playing with another person, of course.
Meanwhile, under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), interaction is allowed but only limited to working out on passing drills, agility drills, with proper distancing from each other is still being observed. Games or scrimmages are still not allowed.
Then there's the New Normal when people can play together again with no limitations. Again, that is if the Quarantines are lifted and the COVID-19 vaccine is available.
According to experts, it may take up to two years for a vaccine to be fully developed.
Recently, US biotech firm Moderna, however, is optimistic it may develop the much-needed vaccine in early 2021, saying its first clinical tests of experimental vaccine showed promising results against the dreaded COVID-19.
PSC's Filipino FIRST is 'a guide to return fitness, recreational activities, and organized sports via a cautious and methodical manner while optimizing athlete and community safety' during this pandemic.
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