THE players and leagues that availed of the special pro license of the Games and Amusements Board will be among the participants in the second edition of the GAB Pro Sports Summit that will be held online for the first time this Saturday, Dec. 5.
Among those taking part in the whole-day affair organized by the government sports agency regulating pro sports led by chairman Baham Mitra are representatives of pro leagues such as the PBA, PFL, Chooks to Go 3×3 Pilipinas, PVL and the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines.
The PCAP was the latest league to join the pro ranks with Grandmaster Eugene Torre, Asia’s first GM, receiving the first GAB-issued license as a professional chess player.
“Even during these challenging times, we would like to sustain the momentum we had during our first GAB Pro Sports Summit by organizing a second edition of this event even if it is online,” said Mitra, who has spearheaded the licensing initiative so that athletes who otherwise would remain idle can get back to play for their respective sports.
The Joint Administrative Order jointly issued by the GAB, Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Health and IATF last July only covered the return to training and actual competition of pro players and leagues.
“We intend to harness the best practices and ideas from those leagues that have resumed such as the PBA, PFL and 3×3 basketball and share them with a wider audience that other leagues can emulate and adjust their own conditions,” Mitra said.