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PBA postpones games, 3x3 league due to coronavirus outbreak

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 3x3 league on hold.

"In a special 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 ongoing Philippine Cup, PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup games and activities and 3x3 inaugurals until further notice," the PBA said in a statement on Wednesday.

"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 World Health Organization and will remain committed to conduct its games and activities in a safe and responsible manner for all its stakeholders."

This puts on hold the tiffs of TNT, Phoenix, NLEX and NorthPort, all of which were supposed to make their 2020 Philippine Cup debuts on Wednesday.

This is also the second time the league's schedule has been affected due to the coronavirus outbreak after its season opener, as well as that of the D-League Aspirants' Cup, was delayed a week amid growing concerns of the disease.

The PBA still proceeded with its first game day last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where San Miguel dispatched Magnolia to kickstart its bid for a sixth straight All-Filipino title.

Thermometer scans and hand sanitizers were placed in multiple areas of the arena as part of the league's safety measures against COVID-19.