‘A mile­stone in sports’

PBA looks for­ward to sea­son restart in Clark bub­ble

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The PBA’s highly an­tic­i­pated re­turn is now in full swing af­ter gain­ing pro­vi­sional ap­proval from the In­ter-Agency Task Force for its ‘bub­ble’ plan.

An­nounced on Thurs­day, the PBA will likely be­gin the restart for the stalled Sea­son 45 Philip­pine Cup on Oc­to­ber 11 in Clark City un­der strict health and safety pro­to­cols.

The PBA ‘ bub­ble’ which will re­port­edly cost close to P65 mil­lion, is seen as a “mile­stone” in sports by league chair­man Ricky Var­gas.

“I think it’s a mile­stone in sports. We waited so long, six months or more, and the PBA has put every­thing into this bub­ble,” said Var­gas.

The league will send out teams to Clark in two batches on Septem­ber 28 and 29 in prepa­ra­tion for the sea­son re­sump­tion.

Squads have al­ready un­der­gone novel coronaviru­s ( COVID- 19) test­ing this week ahead of their de­par­ture for Clark.

Once they en­ter the bub­ble, they will need to get tested again and await for their re­sults at the Quest Ho­tel -- their lodg­ing for the planned bub­ble.

If play­ers test neg­a­tive, teams may start do­ing 5-on5 scrim­mages at An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion in An­ge­les City, which is the of­fi­cial train­ing and games venue for the PBA.

Test­ing will then be done once ev­ery two weeks for the re­main­der of the sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Bases Con­ver­sion and Devel­op­ment Corp. chief Vince Di­zon.

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