Determined to regain his professional license, Calvin Abueva is making sure to meet the conditions set in order for him to do so — even while he’s inside the PBA’s bubble at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
None other than Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Baham Mitra shared on his Twitter account Tuesday evening a screenshot of an online meeting, which the 30-year-old forward is attending.
Abueva attended GAB’s online seminar on Code of Conduct of a Professional Player and Gender Sensitivity Issues together with Mitra, Boxing Division Head June Bautista, and Kara Mallonga.
Such seminar is among the prerequisites the country’s regulatory body for pro sports has set before it could give Abueva back his pro license, which was revoked following his suspension from the PBA last year.
The Kapampangan cager also has to undergo a mandatory drug test as part of the medical requirements.
Abueva remains hopeful that he would finally be reinstated before the league reopens its pandemic-interrupted season this Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.
The San Sebastian College-Recoletos product has been serving the longest suspension in league history following a couple of on-court incidents in the early goings of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.
But then, there has been much hope that he could set foot on the league again following a string of developments last week, which began when he met with Commissioner Willie Marcial and GAB officials.
He was initially disallowed to join Phoenix Super LPG in the Clark bubble but shortly after that crucial meeting, he was ferried to the former US military base and was also allowed to practice with his team.
Abueva has been working out with the Fuel Masters since late last week, and they all have their fingers crossed that he would be allowed to play again in the compressed season.