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PBA Govs' Cup set for Feb. 11 return

The Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City will remain the home for the resumption of the PBA Governors' Cup. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The PBA Governors' Cup is finally resuming after over a month.

Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed on Sunday that the season-ending conference will restart on Feb. 11.

He also announced that the games will be played at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

But even if the resumption of games will take place in the weekend before Valentine's Day, Marcial also bared the bad news that couples who want to celebrate the love season watching PBA games live in flesh might need to stay at home for the meantime as the matches will be played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Wala munang fans," Marcial said.

It can be noted, however, that his announcement came just as the Inter-Agency Task Force placed Metro Manila back to Alert Level 2 beginning Tuesday until Feb. 15.

Marcial then said that if the alert level stays the same for the rest of February or even loosens to Level 1, the league might welcome the fans back the following week.

"Pag-aaralan muna natin yung sitwasyon kung pwede na tayong magluwag. At the earliest baka second week magpapasok na tayo ng fans," he further said.

The 12 participating clubs have also been cleared to resume their scrimmages beginning Tuesday, although the PBA is also prepared should COVID-19 cases spikes up again to the point that Alert Level 3 would be re-implemented.

The league actually got the nod from Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos for teams to resume scrimmages amid Alert Level 3 and was ready to make an endorsement to the local government units.

But with Metro Manila back under Alert Level 2, the endorsement can be saved for a later time.

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