The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) management has cancelled the two-day Draft Combine to ensure the safety of all rookie aspirants.
It would have been an opportunity for rookie applicants to demonstrate proficiency in such an activity which is usually done a few weeks before the actual annual draft.
The Draft Combine is being held to give team officials and coaches the opportunity to choose their draft picks.
However, the PBA leadership decided due to the country’s condition caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“It is the paramount duty and responsibility of the league to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff. Extra precautions are continuously in place to minimize/eliminate the risk of exposure as we continue to face the present conditions brought about by this pandemic,” according to a PBA statement.
Filipino-foreign applicants will also have difficulty because they will have to undergo several weeks of quarantine period before leaving and participating in activities.
“Also taken into consideration are the government’s travel guidelines which include a fourteen-day quarantine period for returning Filipinos,” the statement said.
Of the total 97 applicants this year, 31 are Fil-foreign players coming from around the world.
Apart from this, there are also applicants who still have to finish their obligations to their respective teams such as the players in the MPBL Lakan Cup which is expected to end this month.