PBA: ‘It’s boring, but safety’s important’ — NLEX coach Yeng Guiao

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Waylon Galvez

Although the PBA has ordered a stop to all practice sessions, NLEX mentor Yeng Guiao is not prohibiting his players from doing individual workouts.

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao (PBA Images)
NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao (PBA Images)

In fact, Guiao said the franchise’s FCL gym in Quezon City is open to all players to sweat it out on their own.

“The league has announced the lockdown in team practice and training, and we need to follow. We all understand the situation,” Guiao said Monday when contacted by The Manila Bulletin.

“But we asked the players to do individual workout to keep them in shape in case the PBA decides to resume the games,” added Guaio, whose NLEX will tackle the Columbian Dyip on May 3 – the tentative date of the PBA Philippine Cup resumption.

Guiao said they have set up guidelines and measures if a player decides to use their training facility in Quezon City.

“Part of the guideline is first, they have to inform us through our group chat if they’re using the facility. Then sasamahan sila ng team utilities namin if andun sila sa venue,” said Guiao.

“Before and after ng workout sina-sanitize naman ng mga ballboys natin yung pinag-gamitan, venue mismo, and even the practice uniform na ginamit. Linalagay sa plastic then derecho laba para hindi na nahahawakan.”

The veteran mentor said they also included guidelines to protect their families, from management to coaching staff, players and utility personnel, to keep them safe.

The spread of the coronavirus had forced the PBA to suspend the Philippine Cup after it opened last March 8, with defending five-time champion San Miguel Beer beating Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok 94-78 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A few days after, league commissioner Willie Marcial announced the postponement and then ordered the 12 teams to suspend their practice sessions to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Guiao said they have also made their own guidelines which includes the safety of family members of the Road Warriors.

“We asked them to stay home with their families. If there is no need to go out, we asked them to stay home. It’s getting boring, but these are the things we have to do now,” said Guiao.

“This is total team effort for each and everyone to help the country, all of us, recover from this crisis.”