July 31 ------ THE Philippine Superliga is close to getting the green light to hold team practices as its health and safety protocols are expected to be approved by the Inter Agency Task Force within the week. With the league seeking to stage a tournament in October, PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico said that their health and safety protocols only need few revisions before the government would allow the teams to train amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Well si Dr. Ian Laurel tinawagan siya kahapon (Monday) na sinabi na andito na. Isasauli namin sa inyo para maidagdag niyo yung pinagusapan natin,” Juico told SPIN.ph. “Meron kasi kaming pinagusapan na kaunti pang mga protocols. It’s a very detailed process.” “So malapit na. We practice muna (this August) and then another month of practice and kung papayag, game na,” he added. Scrimmages are still prohibited in trainings as part of the protocols since only limited players per batch are allowed to do the volleyball drills.
The training facility also needs an approval from the Local Government Unit and Department of Health and the venue, as well as the balls and other equipment, should be disinfected from time to time. Teams will also undergo rapid and swab tests and will be monitored by the league’s medical oversight committee. “We will have to cooperate closely with the LGU kung saan gaganapin yung practice and the practice areas are to be sanitized properly and to be approved by the DOH,” the PSL chairman said.
Juico admitted that some of their teams are still hesitant to return to practice due to the current health crisis. “Although some teams were saying na maganda sana kung mayroong vaccine. We’re listening to them and we understand that they have their own policies. Hindi naman pwersahan ito,” he said. The PSL Grand Prix opened last February 29 and was forced to stop on March 10 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which eventually scrapped the import-flavored conference.