PBA: Coaches agree that back-to-training protocols doable


Posted at Jul 10 2020 07:06 PM

The Office of the PBA Commissioner on Friday laid out before league coaches the safety procedures players will have to undergo to make their return to practice free from COVID-19.

All of the coaches who attended the presentation agreed that the training protocols are doable.

"I think it's good. All we have to do is follow it," said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone in an article posted on the PBA website.

The protocol requires all teams to take a virus test 3 days before training begins. Players will then undergo COVID testing every 10 days.

Based on the guidelines, all training facilities should initially be disinfected using hospital standard disinfection procedures, aside from the before-and-after group workouts disinfection.

The players will also be required to use the "closed circuit" method confining their travel from home to the practice facility and back.

"I think the PBA has put up an effective guideline to safeguard the players. It's just a matter of attitude from the players to maintain it," said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.

The meeting was well attended, according to PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, who also received suggestions to be forwarded to the Board of Governors during its meeting on Saturday.

"One inquiry was when will scrimmages be allowed," said Marcial.

Guiao, meanwhile, wanted to know how much tolerance can the league allow to keep them going.

"How do we define cluster cases from an outbreak?" he asked.

Marcial said he will bring up Guiao's concern before the board in Saturday's meeting.

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