PBA ‘bubble’ to hold testing every two weeks, daily double-header games
By CNN Philippines Staff
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Clark “bubble” has opened its gates and has started to implement rules suposedly stricter than those applied at the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) original version in Orlando, Florida.
The stringent protocols include RT-PCR testing every two weeks, apart from the testing done upon entry of the players and staff.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vince Dizon echoed PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, saying the additional rules were placed to ensure the safety of everyone isolated inside the bubble in Clark, Pampanga.
Dizon said apart from the fortnightly testing, doctors will check up on players and coaches every day for possible symptoms.
“May testing pre-entry, upon entry, and may testing PCR every two weeks. Pero may team of doctors tayo dito sa loob ng bubble na iche-check lahat ng players, coaches every day for the entire bubble,” Dizon said in a press conference on Tuesday.
[Translation: There is testing pre-entry, upon entry, and PCR testing every two weeks. But there are also teams of doctors inside who will check on all the players and coaches every day for the entire bubble.]
Another rule does not allow family members to accompany the players even during the semi-finals or championship games unlike in the NBA.
“Mayroon tayong mga dinagdag na mas strikto… Ang recommendation ng PBA ay huwag munang mag-allow ng mga pamilya na sumama kasi nga may risk ‘yon,” Dizon said.
[Translation: We added some stricter rules. The PBA’s recommendation is to not allow the families to come due to the risk it would entail.]
The PBA also disclosed that it will hold two games every day from Monday to Sunday to shorten the length of the Philippine Cup.
After going through the necessary health protocols, the teams can then start holding scrimmages. The season will officially open on October 11.