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PBA board to meet physically again for training resumption

The PBA board will discuss how the teams can practice again ahead of possibly an October resumption. PBA Media Group (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--In what may be the first step toward possibly resuming action, the PBA board of governors is set to convene on Wednesday to tackle measures about the reopening of team practices.

The governors of the 12 member clubs, however, are keen on attending the board meeting in flesh at the league's office in Quezon City, marking the first time the board will have a physical meeting since the postponement of play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, in particular, will focus on how the teams can restart working out and training sessions alongside other activities.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed athletes to do some activities during a general community quarantine, which Metro Manila, Rizal, and Laguna, three provinces mainly hosting PBA games, are undergoing, and the league will let the IATF make the final say about resuming practices.

"All these we'll do with the approval from the government. Hindi kami gagalaw without their approval," said Commissioner Willie Marcial in a news release in the PBA website on Tuesday.

On the other hand, he bared that the league is now eyeing an October resumption to the 45th season, although it may now just be a single season tournament.

While the PBA board will make a final decision regarding it in August, Marcial said that the quick discovery of a vaccine for COVID-19 will factor significantly in it.

"Things will be easier to decide on if a vaccine for COVID-19 comes up. The government and all of us hope for it," he quipped.

Some pharmaceutical firms worldwide are now doing clinical trials for possible vaccines for COVID-19 with possible mass distribution as soon as September already planned.

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