The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will postpone its games indefinitely due to the growing list of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.
The league also made a decision to put the D-League Aspirants’ Cup and the inauguration of the 3×3 league on hold.
“In a Special Board Meeting, held last night March 10, the Philippine Basketball Association Board of Governors through the Office of the Commissioner, decided with prudence to cancel effective today, March 11, its on-going PBA Philippine Cup and PBA D-League Aspirants Cup games and activities and PBA 3×3 inaugurals until further notice.”
“Considering the present situation surrounding COVID-19 and the Presidential declaration of Public Health Emergency, it is our paramount duty and responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our fans, players, teams, officials and staff.”
“The league however will assess the effects of Covid 19 on a day-to-day basis guided by the parameters set by the DOH and WHO and will remain committed to conduct its games and activities in a safe and responsible manner for all its stakeholders.”
— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 11, 2020
This puts on hold the season debuts of TNT, Phoenix, NLEX and NorthPort, all of which were supposed to open their 2020 Philippine Cup bids on Wednesday.