PBA player tests positive for COVID-19, Manila Clasico to push through
A PBA player has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inside the bubble.

PBA player tests positive for COVID-19, Manila Clasico to push through

Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - October 25, 2020 - 11:43am

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 2:24 p.m.) — A PBA player has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inside the bubble in Pampanga.

In a press conference held on Sunday, the league announced that the official who tested positive earlier this week for the virus turned out negative confirmatory tests.

But a player from the Blackwater Elite tested positive and has been since isolated from the rest of the team and brought to the Athletes Village in Capas, Tarlac for more tests.

The whole Elite squad has been isolated. Commissioner Willie Marcial announced that the scheduled game between Blackwater and Rain or Shine today is thereby cancelled.

But the Manila Clasico game between the Ginebra San Miguel and the Magnolia Hotshots will push through at 6:45 p.m..

The TnT Tropang Giga, who played against Blackwater on Thursday, will also be isolated to avoid any further positive tests.

However, the Tropang Giga was currently training at the Angeles University Foundation Gym during the announcement of the positive test of the Elite cager.

Despite the previous scare with the official, and another suspect case with the Blackwater Elite player, Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chief Vince Dizon still believes in the integrity of the bubble.

"There is no reason to say that the bubble has been breached. The protocols have been followed," said Dizon.

League commissioner Wilie Marcial echoed Dizon's sentiments.

"Hindi na-bursst ang bubble," said Marcial.

The player who tested positive will be tested again today, while the other players will be tested using the antigent test in the coming days.

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January 12, 2021 - 9:33am

Two more NBA games were postponed by the league due to COVID-19 and contract tracing issues, bringing the total to four in the virus-shortened 2020-21 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans game at Dallas on Monday and the Boston Celtics game Tuesday at Chicago were both delayed over unspecified health and safety protocol issues. — AFP

December 31, 2020 - 12:16pm

No new NBA players from among 495 tested since last Thursday have returned positive COVID-19 results, the league announces.

Any players returning a confirmed positive result would be isolated until they are cleared to return to team activities under COVID-19 safety guidelines agreed upon by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. — AFP

December 26, 2020 - 10:49am

FIFA postpones next year's U-20 World Cup in Indonesia and U-17 tournament in Peru until 2023 due to coronavirus.

"The Covid-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel, explains football's governing body in a statement on its website.

"The global situation has failed to normalise to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways."

December 20, 2020 - 1:38pm

World champion Ryo Kiyuna, one of the favourites to win men's kata gold when karate makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, has COVID-19, the Japan Karatedo Federation says.

Kiyuna won a record ninth consecutive Japan national championship last Sunday in Tokyo before returning to his native Okinawa Prefecture the following day and contracting the virus on Tuesday or later, the federation and local reports say.

"As of Saturday, there are no reports of fever and other symptoms reported by 30 competitors — excluding Kiyuna — who participated the All Japan competition on Sunday, December 13," the federation says on its website, adding it was checking the health of other members and coaches. —  AFP

December 18, 2020 - 5:33pm

eSports has been named as a full medal event for the 2022 Asian Games, in a major step towards the mainstream for a sport that has long harboured Olympic ambitions.

eSports and breakdancing were both included on the programme for the Games in Hangzhou, China, at the Olympic Council of Asia's general assembly in Muscat this week.

"I hope that electronic sports will add value to the Asian Games –- and I am sure it will in the future, during the Asian Games 2022 and even beyond that," the OCA's Asian Games director, Haider Farman, says in a statement.

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