PBA players find ways to train amid stricter quarantine measures

Published March 31, 2021, 6:20 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Screenshots from Instagram accounts of Chris Ross and Scottie Thompson

PBA teams and players are once again settling on individual or online workouts to make up for the temporary stoppage of practices due to the return of Enhanced Community Quarantine regulations.

Social media posts showed players working on improving their skills and fitness at the comfort of their own homes with Metro Manila and surrounding provinces back under ECQ due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Screenshot from Chris Ross’ Instagram story
Screenshot from Scottie Thompson’s Instagram story

Practices are banned under ECQ areas as per guidelines of the Joint Administrative Order crafted by the Games and Amusements Board, Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Health.

The return to ECQ regulations which will last until Easter Sunday, April 4 barring an extension has further put in doubt the start of the 46th season.

Initial plans were for the pro league to open on April 11 with a two-conference format that will last for 10 months.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial later moved the target date to April 18 and was in talks with the provincial government of Rizal regarding the possible staging of the season at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

But the recent situation which saw COVID-19 cases jumping to an average of at least 9,000 in the last few days have delayed those plans, with Marcial saying that the season could start in late-May.

There’s still talk of a possible extension of ECQ regulations in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan, with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force set to discuss the matter on Saturday, April 3.

Some players did express their disappointment of having ECQ back in place, with Alaska’s Maverick Ahanmisi suggesting that he wouldn’t mind settling for another bubble if that would allow the season to start.

But for now, teams and players could only be content on having to train virtually or by themselves.