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PBA postpones games due to COVID-19

There will be no PBA games until the COVID-19 epidemic is over. PBA Media Group (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—The PBA announced on Wednesday that it will postpone its ongoing Philippine Cup due to the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, the league, following an emergency meeting by the league of governors the night prior, said that the tournament has been called off "until further notice," implying that the postponement is indefinite.

"Considering the present situation surrounding COVID-19 and the presidential declaration of public health emergency, it is our paramount duty and responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our fans, players, teams, officials and staff," the PBA further stated.

About the continuation of the games, the PBA said, "The league will assess the effects of COVID-19 on a day-to-day basis guided by the parameters set by the DOH and WHO and will remain committed to conduct its games and activities in a safe and responsible manner for all its stakeholders."

TNT and Phoenix are supposed to face off in the first game, while NLEX and NorthPort are scheduled to play in the second game of the Wednesday doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, which has been hit by the postponement.

Also postponed are the ongoing PBA D-League Aspirants Cup and the upcoming PBA 3x3 tournament.

Commissioner Willie Marcial called for a press conference later Wednesday to further give details.

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