Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

3x3 Basketball

Pro teams can’t train in GCQ with heightened restrictions areas, clarifies GAB

PBA teams and other professional clubs are still not allowed to hold scrimmages in Metro Manila even if the capital will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

That was the clarification made by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), pointing out that restrictions remain heightened despite the return to GCQ of the metro and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

The reclassification of NCR Plus as per the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) was announced by Malacañang Thursday night.

“Sa Manila ngayon ay GCQ with heightened restrictions. Bawal pa rin po ang scrimmages,” said GAB information officer Lorraine Rodriguez in a virtual press conference the day after the Palace’s announcement.

Under the aforementioned quarantine classification, among those which are prohibited to open are recreational venues including indoor sports courts, spoiling the plans of PBA clubs to conduct full practices in Manila.

“Dahil sarado mga gym, kahit may clearance ng IATF na mag-train under GCQ, wala pa rin,” GAB official Rodil Manaog said.

With this, the league’s member teams may now have to go somewhere else with more permissive lockdown measures to be able to train in preparation for Season 46, which is targeted to open next month.

The PBA, fortunately, has two LGUs that have opened its doors for them. There is Batangas City, the first to agree to host the teams, and then there’s Ilocos Norte as per the invitation of Governor Matthew Manotoc.

“‘Yung PBA ganado na maglaro,” GAB Chairman Baham Mitra said. “Meron lang konting proseso na dadaanan. Katok muna tayo sa LGU. Maraming teams sa Batangas ata magpa-practice. NLEX, TNT, at Meralco sa Ilocos naman.”

With regards to the supplemental guidelines to the Joint Administrative Order (JAO), Mitra said that the GAB is just waiting for the signature of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III.

#ReadMore  Arwind Santos not contented with dominant Game 1 win: 'Marami pa rin kailangan i-improve'

“Hinihintay lang natin ang approval ng supplemental JAO. Waiting na lang sa pirma ni Sec. Duque,” the amiable executive said.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Dwight Ramos expects no less than a war when rivals Gilas Pilipinas and South Korea face off once more in the 2021 FIBA Asia...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

A frustrated Lester Prosper has had enough of Indonesian fans calling for his head after Timnas suffered a 51-76 loss to Gilas Pilipinas in...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Mike Nieto was one of the three players that sat out Gilas Pilipinas’ second encounter with Indonesia in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. ...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

The whole country gasped when Carl Tamayo sprained his left ankle during Gilas Pilipinas Men’s 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers game against Indonesia, Friday...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Unlike the Manama window, 6-foot-8 Justine Baltazar has been playing more of Gilas Pilipinas’ three-man in Clark.  During their 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Playing almost every day is a new experience for this crop of Gilas Pilipinas. And it showed during the Philippines’ game against Indonesia in...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

There is one particular player from the youth-laden Gilas Pilipinas that has caught the eye of the national team program’s former head coach.  Rajko...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Lebron Lopez made himself known as a human highlight film during UAAP Season 82. So when he made his Gilas Pilipinas debut on Friday...