PBA coaches approve league protocols against COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) – Twelve coaches of the Philippine Basketball Association backed the league’s health and safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coaches and team managers met at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City on Friday with Commissioner Willie Marcial, Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro and legal counsel Melvin Mendoza on the guidelines for player workout.

"I think it's good. All we have to do is follow it," said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

All team members will get tested three days before training. Re-testing will be done every 10 days afterwards.

The league also required hospital standard-based disinfection procedures in practice venues.

The PBA ordered players to follow the “closed circuit” method, where they will travel only from their home to practice facility and vice versa.

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao pointed out a scenario in case of possible infection.

"I think the PBA has put up an effective guideline to safeguard the players. It's just a matter of attitude from the players to maintain it. But how do we define cluster cases from an outbreak?" said Guiao.

San Miguel Beermen mentor Leo Austria said players should practice discipline, determination, and dedication for their safety during practices.

"It's been four months (since the lockdown). So we really missed each other a lot. Having the opportunity to be together and workout together is a relief for everybody," he said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed the resumption of practices in professional basketball and football teams on July 3.