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PBA granted IATF nod for GCQ play, eyes Pampanga return for PH Cup

JR Isaga
PBA granted IATF nod for GCQ play, eyes Pampanga return for PH Cup

WEIGHING OPTIONS. The PBA has yet to decide whether it will stage another bubble for its Philippine Cup resumption.

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The PBA has zeroed in on Pampanga as a possible playing venue to resume the Philippine Cup after halting the season in Metro Manila due to quarantine restrictions

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has allowed the resumption of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup on Friday, August 6, with the condition that the league will only play in areas under a standard general community quarantine (GCQ) or lower.

With this development, the league has zeroed in on Pampanga as a possible playing venue to resume what has been started from the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, now under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20 at the very least.

Commissioner Willie Marcial has confirmed that they are looking into working with Pampanga LGU, but nothing other than that has been set in stone.

The province is currently under MGCQ, the lowest quarantine setting in effect.

Just last year, the PBA had a successful partnership with Pampanga as the historic 2020 Philippine Cup bubble was set up inside the Quest Hotel in Clark for accommodations and the Angeles University Foundation gym – just 20 minutes away – for games.

For the resumption of this year’s All-Filipino conference, however, the league has yet to decide whether or not they will stage another bubble, a semi-bubble, or a closed-circuit format for its players, officials, and crew.

As has been the case with all Philippine sports mid-pandemic, all final decisions will always fall in the hands of the IATF. – Rappler.com