Professional football is inching closer to its eventual return as the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) will allow Philippines Football League (PFL) clubs to schedule training sessions this week, pending a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that will be released by tomorrow.
As per GAB chairman Baham Mitra’s statement in yesterday’s episode of online sports show “The Chasedown”, PFL clubs can already schedule their training sessions this week shall the JAO be signed by Monday.
The JAO comprises a set of rules and standards that should be implemented in the return of professional sports competitions prepared by the GAB, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health (DOH). It only needs the signature of PSC chairman Butch Ramirez for it to take effect.
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It can be noted that the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) acted swiftly on efforts to bring back PFL in action this year, starting with its submission of protocols governing training, infrastructure and medical guidelines to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) last July 6 and was approved days later.
Furthermore, mass testing of players, coaches and staff of participating clubs has been completed as the PFF and the PFL management conducted a mass RT-PCR swab testing last July 8 at the PFF House of Football in Pasig City. There are no positive cases reported from the individuals tested.