PBA seeks IATF approval on team scrimmages

Published April 30, 2021, 3:24 PM

by Jonas Terrado

The PBA is seeking the request of the Inter-Agency Task Force for 5-on-5 scrimmages to be allowed in areas with regulations below Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the league will be asked to explain its case before IATF officials once a formal letter has been sent.

Five-on-five scrimmages are only permitted under Modified General Community Quarantine while practices can be held in GCQ areas provided that teams are split into groups.

“Titignan natin kung ano ang tugon sa atin ng Task Force at papatawag nila kami para i-justify namin kung bakit,” Marcial said in Thursday’s virtual press briefing.

The IATF request was brought up during Marcial and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team governor Alfrancis Chua’s meeting with Sen. Bong Go and executive secretary Salvador Medialdea in Malacanang last Wednesday.

In that meeting, the PBA was told that the 46th season can only start once COVID-19 cases go down but also got an assurance that the league can purchase vaccines through the government.

Practices are still on hold since NCR Plus remains under MECQ until May 14 at the earliest, forcing teams to have virtual workouts at least twice a week.

But the PBA is entertaining the possibility of having practices in Marcial’s hometown of Batangas City which is under GCQ.

Marcial and Chua is scheduled to meet with top government officials from that city Saturday to discuss the proposed setup.