Swab tests for 3×3 players set

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    THEY can’t let their guards down against the invisible enemy.

    While convinced holding the newly-turned 3×3 pro league is more manageable than 5-on-5 play, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Commissioner Eric Altamirano insisted they can’t be too careful amid the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Mas manageable (3×3) when it comes to adhering to the protocols but then again kaunti ang tao, madami ang tao, importante magawa mo iyong health protocols,” said Altamirano.

    “You know naman itong COVID, isa lang ang ma-infect, it will really affect anybody,” he added.

    After President Duterte announced last Monday night that Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be under general community quarantine anew beginning yesterday until Aug. 31, the 3×3 squads can proceed with their swab test plans this Friday ahead of their practices set at the University of the Philippines Epsilon Chi Center by Monday.

    The league is eyeing to hold its first season tentatively in mid-September on a “bubble” at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

    The complex, located inside the National University-Laguna campus, includes a dormitel with 32 dorm-type, 20 hotel-type, and four executive rooms.

    The PBA, Philippines Football League, and the Olympic qualifiers and hopefuls are also part of the joint administrative order from the Games and Amusements Board, the Department of Health, and the Philippine Sports Commission signed last month but the training resumption hit a snag when the government reverted the NCR and the four provinces to modified enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 4 to 18.

    Understandably, 3×3 play requires not a lot of people unlike the regular 5-on-5 matches.