PBA suspends games indefinitely due to rising COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) — Action in the PBA has been postponed indefinitely due to the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The league made the announcement on Thursday following a special meeting by the PBA Board of Governors a day earlier.

The national government placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna under Alert Level 3 until Jan. 15.

The country's new COVID-19 cases soared to 10,775 on Wednesday, almost twice the number logged the day before, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The PBA made it clear that it does not want to endanger the lives of those in the PBA community amid the surge in cases.

"It's always a painful decision to postpone PBA games. But at this time when the infection rate is rising, the risk of continuing with the game for our players, officials and staff far outweigh our financial loss. The PBA will be back. Its just a temporary pause to allow healing. This way we can assure our fans the quality of games will be sustained," PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said in the league's website.

Aside from the postponement of games, the PBA also suspended all scrimmages even though team practices are allowed within area under Alert Level 2.

Group workouts are permitted but the number of individuals allowed to participate has been reduced from 10 to seven. Only four players will be allowed to train with one coach, one staff, and one safety officer.

Professional sports leagues can continue to play in a bubble setup in areas under Alert Level 3 based on guidelines in the Joint Administrative Order issued by the Games and Amusement Board, DOH, and Philippine Sports Commission.