PBA com­mis­sioner says prac­tice de­lay just a “short de­tour”

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PHILIP­PINE Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) com­mis­sioner Willie Mar­cial has said that this lat­est de­lay in their plans to even­tu­ally re­turn to game ac­tion is noth­ing but a “short de­tour.”

PBA teams were slated to re­turn to prac­tice in small groups next week af­ter their sched­uled swab test­ing on Au­gust 6 and 7. How­ever, that plan has been shelved fol­low­ing the im­po­si­tion of the mod­i­fied en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (MECQ)

sta­tus on the rest of Metro Manila.

How­ever, Mar­cial said the league re­spects the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion and they will abide with their rules. How­ever, he also men­tioned this new de­vel­op­ment will not de­rail them from their plans to re­turn to play be­fore the year is over.

“The govern­ment knows what is good for us, and we con­form with their or­ders. We will fol­low the guide­lines and will wait for the next word from them with re­gards to re­stric­tions on what­ever quar­an­tine sta­tus we’re in,” Mar­cial was quoted as say­ing on the league’s web­site.

“As for the 14-day re­turn of Metro Manila to mod­i­fied en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (MECQ), I look at it as a short de­tour that we’ll pur­sue in the hope of get­ting our teams back in the gym at the right time,” he added.

A re­gion that is placed un­der MECQ sta­tus means that the only sports ac­tiv­i­ties that are per­mit­ted are non-con­tact in­di­vid­ual work­outs such as walk­ing, run­ning and bik­ing.

With the health sec­tor call­ing for a “time­out” due to the sud­den spike in Covid-19 cases in the Na­tional Cap19) ital Re­gion (NCR), the govern­ment made the call to place the area un­der MECQ, thereby cur­tail­ing the plans of pro­fes­sional teams to re­turn to prac­tice.

“We have no re­course but to ad­just the sched­ule of our ac­tiv­i­ties. The sup­posed swab test­ing of the play­ers at the Makati Med on Aug. 6-7 will be pushed back,” said Mar­cial.

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SHORT DE­TOUR. League com­mis­sioner Willie Mar­cial said that the de­lay of teams’ re­turn to prac­tice is just a “short de­tour” to what he hopes will be the league’s re­turn to game ac­tion.

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