Some Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams have started scrambling to get clearance from their respective local government units (LGUs) following the national government decision to ease quarantine restrictions in the national capital region. (RCN).
“We are delighted with the news regarding [Metro Manila] to move out [general community quarantine]Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso told the Inquirer on Friday.
“We are currently working on the authorization of Mandaluyong city so that we can start [as soon as possible],” he added.
The league is eager to send their team to practice as soon as possible, as the success of the scrum holding will dictate when the PBA can begin its 46th season.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial hopes all teams can start the scrum by May 20 to keep the league on track for a June opening.
If the teams are unable to obtain permission from the local governments where their practice facilities are located, they will be given the opportunity to travel to Batangas Province to begin preparations there until they are cleared to go. ‘train in Metro Manila.
“We could still go to Batangas next week,” said Topex Robinson, coach of the Phoenix Fuel Masters, whose training base is in Pasig City. The team are currently awaiting the outcome of their application to practice at Upper Deck Court in Pasig.
The palace announced Thursday night that it would downgrade the lockdown level of Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), starting May 15. teams to conduct full scrums in areas under GCQ.
The announcement gave PBA ball clubs the option of not having to drive to Batangas City to start training for the coming season – an alternative Marcial negotiated ahead of the relaxation of quarantine restrictions. in the metropolis.
Such a development has also been praised by coach Nash Racela, whose Blackwater team trains at the Aero Center in Quezon City.
“We hope to be cleared by Monday. So we are ready to leave for Tuesday if ever, ”he said.
And like Robinson, Racela is not ruling out the Batangas option in case the Quezon City government rejects his candidacy.
The Batangas City option will use three sites: Batangas Coliseum, Batangas State University, and Philippine High School in Batangas.
But some ball clubs prefer to stay close to home if possible.
“[Gatorade Hoops] is home for us. And in [Alaska’s] Case, [the gym is] private. No other team is training there, “Cariaso said.” The team will have their second sample test … Tuesday. Our goal is to be on the pitch Thursday at the latest, ”he added.
Some teams have considered training further away from the NCR, which remains the COVID-19 hotspot in the country.
Meralco is seeking to set up a camp in Laoag, Ilocos Norte province, in case it does not obtain approval from the local government in the town of Pasig to organize practices in the Meralco compound.
“We are still awaiting final clearance from LGU in Pasig. If allowed, we can choose to stay and train at Meralco, ”Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo said in a message.
“But if we cannot get the authorization, we will proceed with our trip to Ilocos,” he added.
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