No more practices, PBA orders teams

Delfin Dioquino
No more practices, PBA orders teams
Team practices were initially not affected by the season suspension the PBA imposed amid the coronavirus outbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA has ordered teams to cancel practices as the league deals with the rapid coronavirus outbreak in the country.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed the development, saying the league sent a memo to teams to stop practicing until March 27. 

“We’ve issued a suspension for scrimmages, practices, and all activities in the PBA for the next two weeks,” Marcial told Rappler in a mix of Filipino and English over the phone. 

Team practices were initially not affected by the league suspension that canceled not just games in the PBA, but also in the PBA D-League and PBA 3×3. 

But with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rising to 52 as of Thursday, March 23, and Metro Manila being placed on lockdown, the PBA had to take action to protect its players. 

On the fans’ side, Marcial said those who had bought tickets will be refunded

Worldwide, the coronavirus has infected more than 125,000 people and killed 4,600 across 115 countries.

Meanwhile, more than 62,000 people have recovered from the virus. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.