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GAB gives green light to Mindanao leg of VisMin Cup


CEBU – The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) headed by chairman, Baham Mitra, has given the green light to the Mindanao leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

Following the success of the Visayas leg in Alcantara, Cebu, the Mindanao leg is slated to tip off on May 30 at a yet to be disclosed venue. Sources say that several locations are being considered including Tubod in Lanao del Norte and Cagayan de Oro.

“The holding of Mindanao Leg, which will strictly adhere to the ‘No License, No Play’ policy, is conditione­d on the submission of the regulatory requiremen­ts, such as health screening, drug testing, and related documents, as well as on continuing adherence to protocols and strict supervisio­n of the games,” GAB Chairman Baham Mitra said.

The Visayas leg got off to a rough start as a game-fixing controvers­y erupted from the game between ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu and the Siquijor Mystics. VisMin Cup officials, though, were quick to act on the incident, promptly banning the Mystics players and handing stiff punishment­s to several ARQ players for their behavior during the game.

Mitra and Commission­ers Eduard Trinidad and Mario Masanguid took note of the league’s initiative­s to quickly address the issue and to enforce stricter rules.

“We are grateful to the League’s officials for their sincerity to undertake the needed reforms for the protection and welfare of profession­al basketball, the players, and the public,” said Mitra.

The league also tapped a three-man independen­t investigat­ive body to look into the controvers­ial game. The panel is composed of a longtime basketball administra­tor, a veteran basketball coach, and a Fiba rules expert. Its findings and recommenda­tions are now being finalized and shall be released by the league in the coming days.

Meanwhile, league officials submitted to the GAB’s Anti-Illegal Gambling Unit (AIGU), through the PNP of Alcantara, Cebu, their joint affidavits stating the results of their thorough review and investigat­ion.

“Both GAB and the League knew the challenges when the games were launched – health protocols and game-manipulati­on being on top of the list. We are just glad that we are able to move forward, thanks to a large part on the profession­alism of League management and the sacrifices of our personnel on the field who joined the bubble as supervisor­s,” Mitra said.

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