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MVP discusses the future of PH basketball amid COVID-19 pandemic


Manny Pangilinan admits that the future of Philippine basketball, as well other sports in general, remains uncertain due to COVID-19 pandemic.

MVP, who has been a prolific partner in basketball leagues, addressed that the “new normal” in Philippine Basketball Association is being discussed as of the moment, since some parts will be on General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Still, GCQ does not allow mass gatherings just yet for safety precautions — which also included sports events like basketball.

“I don’t know what will work in sports now because there are no easy solutions,” Pangilinan said during his interview at The Chiefs.

MVP also revealed that the funds from PBA itself for other teams who are on a tight budget due to lack of games could be allocated.

“Pinag-uusapan na sa PBA boards kasi hindi na nakakapaglaro mga players nila,” he shared.

“Should they reduce salaries, and should the PBA allocate their funds sa mga team na iyon kasi meron naman silang funds Sa lahat ng teams, or sa mga lesser teams. ‘Di ko alam kung anong final decision ng PBA doon.”

However, MVP assured that his preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup hosting is still on board.

“Siguro naman kasi meron pa tayong tatlong taon [to prepare],” he bared.

In fact, there are already agreements that are being considered in terms of slogan, logo, venues, and the overall timetable of the preparations.

“I was at the central FIBA board last March, dalawang araw iyon meeting namin, so they just moved the calendar by a week earlier in 2023. The FIBA central board organized a joint committee from Japan, Indonesia, and Philippines — and we’re the leader of the contortion,” Pangilinan stated.

“We have been active sa FIBA in preparations.”