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PBA teams to shoulder expenses of COVID-positive players

The teams will shoulder the cost of the players' recovery from COVID-19. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The governors of the 12 PBA teams were in unison in assuring that players who will be tested positive for COVID-19 will be taken care of by the clubs.

"Sasagutin ng teams lahat ng hospital expenses pag nagka-COVID ang players. Just like when players get injured. So there's no need for any insurance," Commissioner Willie Marcial said on Saturday after the PBA board convened.

This means the team management will shoulder everything the players need if they get tested positive for the virus.

To further ensure that the health and safety of the players will be the main priority at this stage of the pandemic, the PBA will now require players and team staff to undergo swab tests during their return to practice.

Initially, the members of the teams are to undergo rapid testing before they starting practicing before alternating with swab and rapid testing every 10 days.

But following a recommendation from Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua, the players are now required to take swab testing before they resume practices.

Only those who are negative for COVID-19 will be cleared to practice, and they will undergo another swab testing every 10 days.

Following the IATF's approval of the protocols, PBA teams can now resume their training, but they are limited to non-contact drills.

Marcial bared that the league will send another letter to the IATF for the approval of resuming contact drills like scrimmages by August.

With the board to ultimately decide on whether the postponed 45th season will continue on or not by the same month, the approval or rejection of the resumption of scrimmages could be the clincher.

"Hopefully, payagan tayo," Marcial concluded.

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