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Crucial PBA board meeting set next week

The PBA board might finally decide on the resumption of the Governors' Cup next week. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—A pivotal meeting has been set that would determine the fate of the PBA Governors' Cup.

Commissioner Willie Marcial initially said last week that the meeting within the league's board of governors might be held next month.

But on Tuesday in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum, he said that it is now set for next week.

"Kausap ko dyan si Chairman Ricky Vargas. Magtatawag kami ng meeting next week para pag-usapan kung ano ang dapat gawin at saan papatungo ang PBA," Marcial said.

Whether the conference will finally resume this February after a prolonged break in action, according to the executive, would primarily depend on the COVID-19 trend in the coming days.

But if OCTA Research is to be asked, a positive outlook is expected.

According to mathematician Guido David, the growth rate in Metro Manila is now down to -4 percent, that is, the number of new COVID-19 cases per day is dwindling even as the province's reproduction rate is now down to 2.37.

In Manila City alone, the growth rate is at -7 percent with a 1.73 reproduction rate.

If the trend continues, it would sound good news to everyone who wants the games to resume amid the pandemic.

"May mga teams na gusto nang umarangkada. Gusto na nga nilang mag-scrimmage eh," Marcial added.

For now, teams have been relegated to individual non-contact drills with Metro Manila under Alert Level 3.

But Marcial said that he might allow scrimmages to resume after the board meeting pending an approval from the Games and Amusements Board and the local government units of the cities where the teams hold their training.

To further add into the optimism, GAB chairman Baham Mitra has endorsed the holding of a home-arena-home bubble format for the PBA Governors' Cup to the Inter-Agency Task Force.

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