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IATF Allows Philippine Superliga Beach Volley, Cockfighting, Horse Racing

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The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has given its go signal to Philippine Superliga to conduct its beach volleyball tournament under a bubble concept.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that IATF-EID gave the clearance to the planned PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup, which is tentatively scheduled for November.

“Pinapayagan na rin po ang beach volleyball tournament ng Philippine Superliga sa ilalim ng sports bubble concept,” Roque said at the Laging Handa virtual presser on Friday.

The Philippine Superliga Beach Volley Challenge Cup 2020 will feature 16 teams and tentatively scheduled from November 27 to 29 in Subic, the venue that hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball.

Aside from beach volleyball, the IATF-EID also gave the clearance to cockfighting and horseracing as health protocols are eased around the country amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Licensed cockpits and the conduct of cockfighting activities must follow health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. In-person audience, online or remote betting, and the live broadcast of cockfights are prohibited.

“[T]he local government units shall have the final decision on whether the operation of licensed cockpits and conduct of cockfighting activities can proceed in their respective localities,” Roque said.

The IATF has also allowed off-track horse race betting stations to operate in areas under general community quarantine or lower, subject to health and safety protocols.