ALL the latest happenings in professional sports, programs and activities amid lockdown brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be discuss as the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) host the second Philippine Professional Sports Summit – this year through virtual meeting – on December 5, 2020 via Zoom teleconferencing.
GAB Chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra said the government agency have invited heads of different sports organizations, leaders, sports business managers, and Filipino sports icons as speakers in the one-day event set to start at 9:00 am.
“This one-day event is being organized by GAB to collect new ideas and best practices from high-profile sports stakeholders and professional athletes to accelerate the growth of professional sports in the Philippines amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mitra.
“Ito po ang ikalawang Sports Summit ng GAB, medyo kakaiba lang sa nakalipas na taon dahil sa ipinapatupad na ‘safety and health’ protocol. Pero kahit sa online lang po tayo, makakaasa po ang ating mga stakeholders na didingin ng GAB ang anuman pong hinaing o pagbabago na nais ng marami para sa kapakanan ng pro sports at mga atleta,” added the former Palawan Governor and Congressman.
Mitra expressed his gratitude for the positive response of several leagues amid the pandemic in acknowledging the work of GAB as the sole regulatory body in professional sports, likewise, on their decision to turn their leagues under the supervision and regulation of the government.
“Natutuwa po tayo at kahit may pandemic, hindi po tumitigil ang ating mga stakeholders sa kanilang programa at nagpapasailaim sila sa regulasyon ng pamahalaan. Ito po at ang iba pang dapat gawin ang atin pong paguusapan sa Summit,” added Mitra.
During the past six months, leagues such as the National Basketball League (NBL), Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL), Chooks-to-Go 3×3, Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) and Premier Volleyball League (PVL) turned professionals.
Mitra said the Beach Volleyball Republic also expressed its intention to turn pro next year as the league opens its third season on January.
Interested group and individual can join the summit through pre-registration at GAB office or through online at: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSe-Fr…/viewform…