The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) has approved the resumption of professional basketball and football conditioning and practices.

Baham Mitra, chairman of Games and Amusement (GAB), told Palawan News on Tuesday morning that professional basketball and football leagues (PBA and PFL) have been allowed to resume training in low-risk areas.

“PBA and PFL will do their practices and hopefully resume mid-August, but they need to shape up and be match-fit first,” Baham said.

He added however that other professional leagues such as Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), Philippine Super Liga (PSL) and Premiere Volleyball League (PVL) were not part of the IATF nod, citing that they are not under GAB’s supervision.

Mitra also said that GAB is batting for the inclusion of professional boxing to begin training as the agency had set its strict safety protocols.

“Boxing promoters are getting ready with their cards as it will be allowed in modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas with RT-PCR testing and no inter-zonal travels for fighters,” Mitra added.