PBA, PFL training restart stalled due to MECQ

Delfin Dioquino
The PBA and the PFL will make their next moves after the MECQ period in Mega Manila lapses on August 18

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Philippines Football League (PFL) decided to push back their training restart after government reverted Mega Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will be under MECQ again from August 4 to 18 after frontliners expressed their concerns over the rapid rise of coronavirus cases in the country.

PBA players were slated to undergo coronavirus swab testing at the Makati Medical Center on August 6 and 7 but league commissioner Willie Marcial said they will reschedule after the MECQ.

The approved joint administrative order signed by the Department of Health, Philippine Sports Commission, and Games and Amusement Board mandates that PBA players have to be tested 3 days before training again.

“We need to adjust because that is an order from the government, and if they think it will be good for everybody, why not?” Marcial told Rappler in Filipino by phone.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF), meanwhile, rescheduled to the third week of August the resumption of PFL clubs’ practice at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

“PFF exhorts everyone to observe best practices in combating COVID-19, cooperate with local and national authorities, and be safe and healthy during the on-going state of public health emergency in the country,” the PFF said in its website. –

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.