PBA PHILIPPINE CUP PUT ON HOLD, AWAITS RELEASE OF NEW HEALTH PROTOCOLS
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) shelved the remainder of its Philippine Cup starting Friday, Oct. 30, in compliance with the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH).
A ton of PBA plans has been postponed for the moment once again until further notice once new health protocols are issued by the IATF and DOH.
The PBA halted action in the three-week-old Clark bubble after the league reported that one of its referees tested positive for COVID-19.
Four days later, the PBA also reported a positive case of a Blackwater player, however, the league later said both cases turned out to be negative after undergoing antigen and RT-PCR swab tests.
“In compliance with the recommendation of the IATF Technical Working Group and the DOH Advisory Group of Experts and to ensure the integrity and safety of the PBA bubble, the league is postponing the games starting Oct. 30 until new protocols are out in place,” the PBA said in a statement.
With the ordered postponement, team practices have likewise been ordered temporarily suspended.
However, recreational facilities inside Quest Hotel remain open for use by those inside the bubble. “All activities inside the hotel—swimming, gym, billiards, jogging, walking, etc.—to proceed as is.”
The scheduled games on Friday at the Angeles University Foundation gym between NorthPort and Magnolia (4 p.m.) and Barangay Ginebra and defending champion San Miguel (6:45 p.m.) are the first to be affected by the latest decision of the league in an effort to ensure the integrity of the bubble.
The PBA would like to thank the IATF, DOH, and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for their continuous support and guidance.