PBA: Chairman Vargas upbeat teams can resume practices in MGCQ

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2020 01:09 PM

PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas. File photo. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Ricky Vargas remains optimistic that the league can resume its activities sooner rather than later, even as they still await for a formal response from government agencies.

The PBA submitted a set of protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as well as the Department of Health (DOH) a little over a month ago. The league put together strict guidelines for teams to follow in their return to practice, subject for approval from those agencies.

As of this week, however, they have yet to get a formal response from those agencies.

"Sa PBA, we went to the IATF, we went to DOH and all the way to the Palace to submit our suggestions on how we can start practicing. Sa TNT, we wanted to practice, so we submitted (protocols)," Vargas revealed on Tuesday's PSA Forum.

"Ang problema, they don't actually respond," he added.

The KaTropa, of which Vargas is team governor, patterned their protocols after the PBA's and submitted them to the IATF and DOH as well.

"Walang denial. Wala ring sagot," Vargas said.

Vargas' understanding is that once Metro Manila is placed under modified general community quarantine, then they can begin to practice.

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the general community quarantine in Metro Manila until July 15. 

"'Pag nag-MGCQ, baka pwede na," Vargas said.

"Having said that, we are still very positive, and our players have gotten together and are also very hopeful that we can start," he added.

"Alam din naman nila na we are protecting their own health interests with the protocols that we put together."

The PBA put its 45th season on hold last March 11, just three days after opening their new season, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. They managed to play just one game in the PBA Philippine Cup before the health crisis forced them to stop all activities.

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