By Waylon Galvez

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al S. Panlilio said Sunday that online coaching clinics will be made available soon as the federation hopes to continue its program even at the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio (SBP Images)

“We are launching E-coaching so training still continues,” said Panlilio in a text message.

Prior to the health crisis and the precautionary community quarantines enforced by the government, the federation has been active with its coaching clinics in different parts of the country, with champion coach Jong Uichico as head of the program.

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Champion coach Jong Uichico (SBP Images)

However, just like other sports related activities, the SBP had to stop all undertakings as the nation dealt with COVID-19.

But with sports activities slowly getting back on track following the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease early this month, Panlilio said he hopes to see the same with basketball – at least in training.

“We will come out with guidelines soon,” said Panlilio.

Ryan Gregorio, the SBP Special Assistant to the President (SAP) said Saturday that it‘s not just the coaches, but the referees program that has been affected as well with the lockdown.

That too, Gregorio said, needs attention and the federation is looking for ways to continue with the training for aspiring referees.

“All the activities of the SBP, from coaches to referees, we already discussed everything with our chairman emeritus Boss MVP (Manny Pangilinan), president Al and Executive Director Sonny Barrios,” said Gregorio.

“We hope to continue with these projects of the SBP. Of course there is also the national team, but the development of coaches and the referees, as well as the 3×3 are important programs of the association.”

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