Across the Philippines, sports fans are asking when will sports return, and the truth is some are planning to return soon, while other leagues will likely not return until 2021. Below we will take a look at what leagues we expect to see play, and who will probably sit out until 2021.
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
The PBA has already sought permission from the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Diseases (IATF) to begin team practices. PBA league commissioner Willie Marcial told reporters that he hopes the league can resume in July. However, it might not be that easy for the PBA as Metro Manila has recently extended its general community quarantine.
Premier Volleyball League (PVL)
The PVL plans to push back their opening day to September to avoid the pandemic. PVA president Ricky Palou told the press that it is unlikely they will be able to play games in September, but they hope to hold a conference before the end of 2020.
Philippine Football League (PFL)
The PFL is looking to return in 2020, like other football leagues around the world. Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Nonong Araneta said football could quickly return since the sport already promotes social distancing by nature.
University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) & National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Neither the UAAP nor the NCAA has announced any plans to return. Collegiate teams also have to seek approval from the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education before any proposal can be discussed. The NCAA has already considered downsizing their next season while the UAAP is looking at maybe a Southeast Asian Games (SEA) type set up.
For now, golf is the only physical sport that has resumed in the Philippines. National golf was approved to return by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Diseases (IATF) in June. Golfers are expected to practice social distancing guidelines with their caddies and other players. No fans are allowed to attend golf competitions held within the country.
Esport leagues around the Philippines have been forced to close due to local quarantine regulations; however, esports has survived with online competitions. While not ideal for the league, online esport competitions have taken place in the Philippines since the virus emerged.
Betting On Sports
When sports finally return to action, legal Philippine sports betting sites will be ready with a bunch of game lines, props, and more. You can still find futures, and game lines from leagues that have already resumed action.
Some popular sports that Filipinos can wager on right now include eSports, boxing, and international football. These sports have either resumed or have some betting options available for upcoming events.