Games and Amusements Board (GAB), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Department of Health (DOH) reiterated that they still cannot give a green light to non-professional sporting events.

/ 2 February 2021

In a circular issued by the GAB, PSC, and DOH, non-professional sporting events such as tournaments, competitive events, and athletic meets will continue to be shelved — halting the reopening of some major leagues.

“Considering that an effective vaccine for Covid-19 has not yet been made available, it follows that the implementation of this Joint Administrative Order shall remain in effect, until and unless amended or revoked,” the statement read.

“Thus, GAB shall continue to adhere to the provisions of this JAO to help the government’s effort to curb the possible transmission of multiple Covid-19 variants, without compromising the welfare of our professional athletes and GAB-regulated sports associations whose livelihood largely depends on the conduct of professional sports competitions.”

To date, two commercial leagues are expecting to kick off their seasons in the first quarter of the year.

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is eyeing to conclude its Chooks-to-Go Lakan Playoffs late later this month. While Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) is looking to host a beach volleyball tournament in the last week of the month.

Both the MPBL and PSL tournaments are considering Subic as host.

Also, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is anticipating opening its season during the summer

GAB reminded all professional sports associations and professional athletes to strictly follow all health protocols issued regulations.

“In order to effectively implement the provisions of the said Order, GAB calls on all professional sports associations and professional athletes under its regulatory and supervisory authority to strictly comply with the public health standards, government-issued orders related to the Covid-19 response, and such other applicable laws in that matter. Likewise, GAB encourages the same report those who willfully failed to follow the provisions of the JAO to the proper authorities, including but not limited to the IATF, PSC-GAB-DOH Technical Working Group, DOLE, and LGUs.”