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    SMC teams on standby for workouts after completing COVID-19 testing

    Aug 19, 2020

    NOW the waiting begins.

    Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia, and five-time defending PBA Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer are now on a standby mode on when the league will formally announce the start of individual team workouts.

    All three ballclubs already underwent the first and most significant phase of the league’s strict health protocols after undergoing swab testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday at the SMC headquarters in Ortigas.

    They now await the test result, with hopes nobody would come out positive of the deadly virus.

    From there, it’s all systems go.

    “Yes, we already have our practice plans and groupings,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.

    “Waiting na lang kami sa PBA kung kailan mag-start (ang workout).

    The Hotshots will have their training facility at old, reliable Ronac gym in San Juan.

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    Barangay Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone also said the Kings are all pumped up to get back to work after initial attempt at returning to training was temporarily put aside when the National Capital Region (NCR) was put under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) two weeks ago.

    "The individual workouts, we already have plans, we already have a group made, we have a gym, our own gym that we’ve been practicing before,” said the 62-year-old two-time grand slam coach as the Kings will continue to work out at the Upper Deck gym in Ortigas.

    “We’re all set and we’re all ready to go. We have the cluster that we’re going to use together. We put a lot of thought to it. And we have programs in place. Now it’s just a matter of getting a go signal.”

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      The Beermen, meanwhile, will have their workouts at the Greenmeadows gym.

      Under the health guidelines prepared by the PBA Commissioner’s Office, player or players who are tested positive will not be allowed to work out and ordered to undergo quarantine for 14 days.

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      Meanwhile, the nine other ballclubs are set to undergo swab testing procedure at the Makati Medical Center beginning this Thursday until Friday.
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