IATF OK for gyms fires up hope of PBA opening this month


The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) welcomed the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF) move on Friday allowing gyms to operate at limited capacity.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial expressed his excitement, telling the Inquirer later that afternoon: “It’s a sign that the country’s moving closer towards reopening.”

If anything, the relaxation, which came under the IATF’s resolution dated June 10, indicates that the PBA remains on pace for a late-June or early-July season opening.

Twelve of the league’s member teams have been training hitch-free for nearly a month now. Nine teams have taken up the PBA’s closed-circuit scheme in Batangas City, while corporate siblings TNT, NLEX and Meralco have pitched bubble camps in towns father up north.

With the IATF’s announcement, teams can now…

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