The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will heed the instructions of the Philippine Sports Commission to all National Sports Associations and break camp for the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team pool currently training in Calamba, Laguna.
Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for National Capital Region Plus from March 29 to April 4 caused by the spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, “all indoor and outdoor training of all national team members within the affected areas are temporarily suspended.”
“As always, we will remain supportive of the decisions coming from the PSC and will also strictly follow the relevant precautionary measure from the Department of Health and the IATF,” said SBP President Al Panlilio. “The timing is unfortunate because our Gilas Pilipinas pool has been putting a lot of work to prepare for FIBA competitions in the coming months. It’s been a difficult stretch for the SBP and the team as COVID-19 has affected so many of our plans but we have no other choice but to adjust and move forward.”
The Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team pool led by Program Director Tab Baldwin was preparing for the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in June.
“Right now, we all have to hunker down and stay safe at home. We thank our players, coaches, and staff for soldiering on amidst the difficult situation.”