Willie Marcial on JAO release: 'Hopefully, dire-direcho na tayo'

Willie Marcial on JAO release: 'Hopefully, dire-direcho na tayo'

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial is now hopeful that the season can finally resume now that the JAO is already released. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--PBA commissioner Willie Marcial sees the formal release of the joint administrative order on professional sports practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a positive sign in hopes of resuming the league's long postponed 45th season.

"Hopefully, dire-direcho na tayo," Marcial said on Monday in the league's website, moments after the Games and Amusements Board unveiled the JAO.

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The PBA remains keen on having the season restarted by either September or October, and the release of the admin order will surely increase the possibility of the resumption.

The PBA board of governors will convene next month to ultimately decide if the league will push through with the season or cancel it instead.

But right now, Marcial is thankful for GAB, the Philippine Sports Commission, and the Department of Health for finally signing the JAO.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa gobyerno dahil napayagan na tayo magsimula, meron ng JAO," he further said.

Marcial then said that he will now require the players to undergo another COVID-19 testing within the week and that the teams can return to practice once they get the results.

Only those tested negative for COVID-19 can go back to training, and they have to undergo another test every 10 days.

At the moment, only five players will be allowed to be in a conditioning session at a time.

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