PBA puts Philippine Cup on hold

The PBA suffered a major blow to its Philippine Cup restart as it postponed all games starting Friday, October 30.

It has been 3 weeks since the PBA successfully rebooted the conference in a bubble setting in Clark, Pampanga but it decided to put the All-Filipino conference on hold following the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Department of Health (DOH).

"[T]o ensure the integrity and safety of the PBA bubble, the league is postponing the games starting today, October 30 until the new protocols proposed by the IATF and DOH are out in place," the PBA said in a statement.

Team practices are also prohibited. Other activities inside the hotel, though, like swimming, gym, billiards, jogging, and walking are still allowed.

The development came a week after a player from Blackwater and a referee tested positive for the coronavirus.

While their confirmatory antigen and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests yielded negative results, the PBA had postponed 3 games earlier as a precautionary measure.

The potential delay could have significant repercussions for the PBA, which is eyeing to crown a Philippine Cup champion by the second week of December at the latest. – Rappler.com

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.