TNT, Phoenix set to resume training this week

The TNT KaTropa is looking to move their training camp from the Taal Splendido resort in Laurel, Batangas to the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Team manager Gabby Cui told ESPN5.com on Monday that the venue's amenities will be adequate to serve their needs.

"TNT KaTropa is excited and looking forward to practicing again. We will strictly enforce the PBA and IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] guidelines to ensure safety for our team during our training camp," he said.

Cui added that the team, which is targeting to resume training starting Wednesday, is looking to spend two weeks inside the school. TNT, though, is still awaiting clearance from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), which Cui hopes they will get within the week.

GAB chairman Abraham Mitra has yet to receive a response from the IATF whether PBA practices are included in the government's recent ban on the use of gyms. The provision is effective until Aug. 31.

"As always we want to be safe and defer to the higher authorities and the LGUs on the resumption of practice," said Mitra.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Fuel Masters are also set to resume training this week after the team tested negative for COVID-19.

Phoenix coach Louie Alas confirmed this development to ESPN5.com on Monday.

"Yes, negative lahat," Alas, whose team underwent swab testing at Makati Medical Center, said in a text message.

Alas said the team will begin holding team workouts starting Wednesday at the Upper Deck Gym in Ortigas.