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Baham Mitra makes surprise visit to Rain or Shine workout



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Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra personally visited a workout session of a PBA team, Thursday. 

And the sportsman felt satisfied with what he saw, making him more confident the PBA can return to play soon.

Dropping by the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong, Mitra personally witnessed how Rain or Shine properly conducted training based on approved guidelines by the government.

“Actually, sobrang bait nila. Kasi ‘yung inabot ko apat lang in a session. Eh allowed sila hanggang lima. Very good, they’re complying and self-regulating,” said Mitra.

“Sabi ko nga, ‘Tuloy-tuloy lang nila, para ‘di na kami mahirapan mag-ikot’,” added Mitra, a family friend of assistant coach Mike Buendia.

But the GAB chief stressed they will continue with their random visits not just to the workouts of PBA teams, but other clubs — pro boxing, pro football — under their supervision.

Mitra is with these professional leagues in their hope to resume play soon.

“I think we’re slowly seeing the flattening of the curve. International action is back. At kailangan din naman natin i-balanse. Kailangan din ng mga kababayan natin ang sports entertainment,” said Mitra.

PBA has a pending request with the IATF for the approval of the shift of the ball clubs to a more active training that will include 5-on-5 scrimmages.

PBA Season 45 looks to resume this October.

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