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Pampanga gives go-signal for PBA restart

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Its a green and go for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to restart its stalled 2021 Philippine Cup by September in Pampanga.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said on Monday that they already received a formal go-signal from Pampanga governor Dennis Pineda to complete the remainder of the All-Filipino conference there.

The games will be held at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor instead of the Angeles University Foundation, which was used in last year’s bubble tournament.

“The league is only waiting for the approval of DHVSU) president Dr. Enrique G. Baking before finalizing actual date of the resumption of the games,” Marcial said.

Marcial added that PBA teams already went to Pampanga last Monday and will start their practices today at three different venues namely Angeles University Foundation Gym, Beverly Place in Mexico and Colegio De Sebastian in San Fernando.

The PBA was forced to postpone its Philippine Cup matches last August 4 with the National Capital Region being placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the Delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

With the imposition of ECQ, gymnasiums were closed for any activity, which did not spare Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City where the PBA held its first 26 matches under a close-circuit set up.

The PBA initially wanted to transfer its games to Bulacan but the area was also escalated to ECQ moving them to Pampanga, which is under general community quarantine.