PBA fans may have to wait a little bit longer to see their hardcourt idols back in action.
The PBA Commissioner's Office, with the approval of the PBA Board of Governors in a special meeting Wednesday, has decided to temporarily postpone its games until such time when the current COVID-19 surge eases.
The league wants to help curb the spread of the virus and to contribute in arresting the alarming rate of infection. The temporary pause will also give time for everyone to heal and prepare for the Governors' Cup resumption.
"It's always a painful decision to postpone PBA games. But at this time when the infection rate is rising, the risk of continuing with the game for our players, officials and staff far outweigh our financial loss. The PBA will be back. Its just a temporary pause to allow healing. This way we can assure our fans the quality of games will be sustained," said PBA chairman Ricky Vargas
The PBA has also suspended all team scrimmages even though the government allows them to be held in Level 2 areas.
Further, the league has reduced the number of individuals participating in team individual workouts from 10 to 7. Now, only 4 players will be allowed to train with one coach, one safety officer and one staff.
"Yung health and safety talaga ng lahat ang importante. Mahirap na, we can't put the people under our care at risk, ganon din yung mga makakasalamuha nila. Mabuti na yung nag-iingat," Comm. Willie Marcial said.
The league has already announced the postponement of this week's games while the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), in an announcement Tuesday, has allowed pro leagues to resume in a 'Bubble set-up'.