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GAB chief Mitra grateful to IATF for allowing PBA scrimmages in GCQ areas

GAB chairman Baham Mitra lauded the IATF for allowing PBA scrimmages to continue. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra expressed gladness to the Inter-Agency Task Force for allowing the PBA to push through with its team scrimmages even in areas under the General Community Quarantine.

He also believes that this might inspire the PFL to ask for their own scrimmages to resume as well.

"The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is grateful to the IATF for allowing the resumption of practices of the PBA and PFL in areas under GCQ and MGCQ. This move shows that the government has recognized the plight of Filipino professional athletes, especially during these trying times," Mitra said on Saturday.

He then said that GAB "will sit down with these two professional leagues to discuss the possible guidelines and facilitate the immediate implementation of the IATF's approval."

The PBA has opted for a closed circuit practice format, that is, the teams will strictly have a home-arena-home transportation format, with an option for the teams to hold a bubble.

Six teams have chosen Batangas City as the venue for their scrimmages, while three others, all under the MVP Group, are set to hold practices in Ilocos Norte as previously reported.

Commissioner Willie Marcial said the day before that despite this, tuneup games are still not allowed.

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