The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will have to wait for the number of 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases to go down before the league can begin its 46th season.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial made the announcement following a meeting between him, Brgy. Ginebra team governor Alfrancis Chua, Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, and Sen. Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Wednesday, April 29.
“Maski na vaccine na tayo, kung hindi bababa yung cases, hindi pa rin matutuloy yung PBA. Kailangan bumaba yung cases,” Marcial said on Thursday, April 29, during a virtual press briefing.
“Kailangan tayong magtulong-tulong para mapababa yung cases kung hindi, hindi tayo magsisimula. Hindi lang basketball, sa lahat,” he added.
Marcial said that he will ask the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infection Diseases (IATF) to allow teams to begin scrimmages after the COVID-19 cases drop, and the government lifts the modified enhanced community quarantine.
“Kapag umokay sila task force, idedefend namin. Papatawag kami ng IATF to defend kung bakit kailangan magsimula yung PBA,” the PBA official said.
Marcial added that the PBA still targets to begin the season by the second or third week of June, and hold two conferences.