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PCR testing for all pro ballers part of FIBA restart guidelines

FIBA just released its guidelines for the resumption of basketball action. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--FIBA has required all the professional basketball leagues to have their athletes undergo a polymerase chain reaction testing before they can even resume practice as part of the guidelines it set for them to continue on despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PCR test is one of five procedures FIBA is asking all the domestic basketball bodies to be done in terms of testing the ballers and the fans for the said virus.

FIBA also advised the local basketball organizations to conduct regular health monitoring, symptom and temperature check in arenas, assessment of antibody tests with experts, and antigen/ELISA tests once they become available.

FIBA also said that leagues must allot three to six weeks of practice for the teams before their scheduled resumption of games.

The training, according to FIBA, should be a gradual one, beginning with individual sessions to small groups and finally to a full team practice.

FIBA also suggests that players should do their showers, both before and after the practice or game, at home instead in the arena or the practice facility.

FIBA also asks the local basketball bodies to regularly communicate with their respective governments and health authorities.

FIBA then advised its domestic arms to do a full risk and mitigation assessment in accordance with the World Health Organization's risk assessment for basketball.

The full guidelines for the resumption of basketball action can be seen here.

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