GAB to take ad­van­tage of MECQ lull to pre­pare stock­hold­ers

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MANILA – The Games and Amuse­ments Board (GAB) will de­vote the two-week re­turn to the mod­i­fied en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (MECQ) of Metro Manila and other ar­eas to bet­ter pre­pare its part­ners for the pro­fes­sional teams’ re­turn to prac­tice.

With the re­sump­tion of train­ing among Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA), Philip­pines Foot­ball League (PFL), and Chooks-to-Go Pilip­inas 3x3 teams get­ting “a slight de­lay,” GAB chair­man Ba­ham Mi­tra

on Mon­day said: “rest as­sured that the GAB will take ad­van­tage of this tem­po­rary halt to pre­pare our stake­hold­ers in or­der to en­sure the safe re­turn of ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to pro­fes­sional sports.”

The PBA and the PFL are al­ready aching to have their mem­ber clubs re­sume their prac­tices.

In fact, the PBA has al­ready sched­uled all its 12 teams to un­dergo swab test­ing for the coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (Covid

later in the week.

The Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PFF), which op­er­ates the PFL, has also moved to de­fer its sup­posed start of train­ing due to the new quar­an­tine clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

“PFF has al­ready no­ti­fied the PFL clubs on this lat­est de­vel­op­ment,” the na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tion said in a state­ment.

In a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, PFF pres­i­dent Nonong Araneta said the PFL is look­ing to start by early Septem­ber, but it is now ex­pected to be pushed later in the month or in Oc­to­ber.

The PFL is set to hold its sea­son in a bub­ble at the PFF Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Car­mona.

Chooks-to-Go Pilip­inas 3x3 teams are in a way af­fected too as their sched­uled re­turn to prac­tice, as­sum­ing the league eyes a mid-Septem­ber start, will co­in­cide with the fi­nal days of the MECQ pe­riod, which could mean the league may need to move its sea­son start a lit­tle later.

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