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Ricky Vargas says PBA board still thinking 'very positively' about season restart

Ricky Vargas said that the PBA board is still hopeful that the season will resume. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said that he and his fellow team governors remain optimistic that the league can continue its long delayed season.

Speaking in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday, Vargas said, "Sa PBA, we'd like to think very positively about being able to go back."

In fact, the TNT governor said that the league is already thinking on how it can gradually bring the fans back to watch their favorite basketball stars in action.

"As soon as we can get back to practicing then move towards playing even on a closed door basis then move to actually bring the fans in--even 50 percent of them, we'd love to do that," Vargas continued.

The PBA is just awaiting the approval from the IATF before it can resume practices, but Vargas said that he hopes the PSC and the POC will intervene as well.

He, however, bared that the most feasible situation for the PBA to resume basketball activities is if Metro Manila will be placed under MGCQ.

President Rodrigo Duterte will announce if the said province will move to MGCQ or stay in GCQ later Tuesday.

The league postponed its season on March 11, a day before Duterte declared a lockdown in Luzon, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league is targeting to resume the season by either September or October.

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