Boxing cleared to resume by IATF, says GAB chairman Baham Mitra

Pinoy boxers and boxing fans have reason to celebrate after the announcement that the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infections Diseases) has given the boxing the clearance to resume.  According to Games and Amusements Board Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra the IATF has allowed boxing to return, but will need to follow a set of health guidelines.  Earlier this month, sports like football and basketball (albeit a slight delay) were already given the green light to resume practice.  “Ang nai-pasok na po namin ay practice ng basketball and football, and then yung boxing, pumayag na, na magkaroon ng boxing, provided that both boxers and the referees, they test, yung negative sila, and then after three days, laban na sila,” Chairman Mitra revealed on an episode of The Chasedown. “After testing, ico-confine sila, para hindi mahawa ulit or [maka-hawa].” Boxing is just one of the many sports all over the world that was forced to hit pause following the exposion of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In June however, boxing returned in the United States, with Top Rank Boxing starting to put on events.  According to Chairman Mitra, boxing events in the Philippines will feature a significantly slimmed down card with a maximum of just five bouts, a far cry from the previous norm of at least ten bouts per event.  “Yung sa boxing, maximum if five bouts. Ibig-sabihin, sampung boksingero lang pwede. Dati kasi ten or fifteen, or twelve fights in a day,” Chairman Mitra explained. “Ngayon, maximum of five lang, kasi ang pinapayagan lang ay sampu.”  Before fighters can step inside the ring however, they will need to undergo testing three days prior to fight night and then remain confined or quarantined so as to avoid contracting the disease.  “These boxers will be tested three days before the fight and then they will be confined, and then weigh-in, and then fight, and then after the fight, they will also be tested,” Chairman Mitra continued. “Wala na pong rapid test yung before. Yung rapid test, after na lang. Lahat swab test para sigurado, para halos walang error.” The swab testing, Chairman Mitra explained, is for maximum accuracy.  “We’re also scared, ano? We might be held liable na ‘Pinayagan ng GAB yan eh’. Kami naman, sumusunod lang kami sa IATF, ang sabi nila papayagan lang namin kayo mag-boxing kung negative parehas.” Apart from the boxers themselves, the third men in the ring will not only need to be tested but are also required to wash up and change clothes after every bout they officiate.  “So even the referee will also be tested, because he will be in the middle eh, and then the referees will be asked to wear short sleeved shirts and then wash [after] every bout, change t-shirt, change uniform [after] every bout.”  Chairman Mitra added that judges will be placed further away from the ring, and only essential personnel will be allowed in the venue during events.  “Tapos yung mga judges, hindi na sila beside the ring, medyo malayo na sila. Yung commentators will be outside of the venue, and only one or two camera people will be involved, and then as much as possible, we will not be allowing yung mga 21 and below or 60 and above, except if it’s essential. For example, almost all promoters are above 60, so okay lang yan.” As with most sports that have been able to return during the pandemic, there will be no audiences allowed.  Chairman Mitra expects the new guidelines to be released by Monday next week, and then for PBA and PFL practices to resume by the end of next week......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 26th, 2020

PBA, other pro sports cleared to resume training

Professional sports including the PBA has received the green light to resume training after the Joint Administrative Order of the Games and Amusements Board, the Philippine Sports Commission and Department of Health was signed on Monday. GAB chairman Baham Mitra, PSC chairman William ‘Buth’ Ramirez and Health secretary Francisco Duque signed the JAO. "Chairman Ramirez, Secretary Duque, and I have already signed the joint admin order,” said Mitra in a statement. “We are so happy and excited that finally after more than four months our professional football and basketball players can now shake off some pounds they may have acquired during the quarantine." The clearance came a month after Mitra together with Commissioners Ed Trinidad and Mar Masanguid approached the Inter-Agency task Force (IATF) and DOH to ask for their guidance on how to safely reboot the operations of professional sports in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the development, professional sports are expected to return to action soon. "We expect them to practice maybe for a month or two to be match fit and hopefully when quarantine levels go down, they may be allowed to eventually play. It is effective immediately," Mitra said. Teams from the PBA and the Philippine Football League can now resume training following strict health and safety guidelines and protocol. The PBA, however, will only start training once all the teams have completed their swab-testing.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Pro boxing still on the ropes

By Nick Giongco         It doesn’t look as if local boxing shows will make a return in the foreseeable future. Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra said the agency “is waiting for the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines” that should pave the way for boxing promotions to resume their operations. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

Fanged GAB to go after health protocol violators

The Games and Amusements Board will have more teeth in going after violators of strict health protocols among pro sports. GAB chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra in his appearance in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum online session on Tuesday stressed that with the presence of an official Joint Administrative Order (JAO) the agency has the right to sanction any teams or players found guilty of breaching safety protocols in their respective leagues. “Since meron nang JAO and sa amin na ibinigay 'yung load, kami na ang mag-i-impose ng sanctions,” said the 50-year-old Mitra of the provision of the JAO signed by his office together with the Department of Health and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). The sanctions of course, will always be done in coordination with top officials of the pro leagues that were already given the green light to resume workouts as in the case of basketball, football, and boxing under a General Community Quarantine (ECQ) status. “In case something happens and there may be violations, we will be there,” said Mitra. The National Capital Region (NCR) and other nearby provinces reverted back under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on August 4 owing to the major surge of COVID-19 cases, prompting a delay in the resumption of team workouts among professional players. The GAB chairman also didn’t mince words against repeated violators, adding it has the right to cancel licenses of erring players or ball clubs. “Kung talagang paulit-ulit ay puwede sigurong suspendihin at eventually, kung talagang matigas ang ulo, tanggalan ng professional license. We can do that dahil meron na ring JAO,” Mitra said in the weekly forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart, with Upstream Media as the official webcast partner. Mitra commended both the PBA and PFL for policing their ranks and doing their job of having everybody on board in terms of understanding and abiding by the strict health guidelines as provided under JAO. He added the cooperation of every players and teams are needed for the plan to work out especially once teams begin their respective trainings. “So far yung mga leagues naman sila na mismo (ang kumikilos). Nau-unahan parati ang GAB, kasi kami we want to hear both sides, we want due process.  And we’re doing several things. Unlike ang PBA, nakatutok lang sa PBA, ang PFL nakatutok lang sa PFL,” said the son of the late House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. In the case of the Blackwater franchise, the GAB chairman said the team was only given stern warning by his office since the violations committed were done when JAO was yet in effect. Besides, the PBA already penalized the ballclub for P100,000. “The PBA already sanctioned them and GAB doesn’t want to really step on institutions. We always believe in self-regulation. Nandiyan lang kami kung kailangan ninyo kami,” said Mitra, a former member of the House of Representatives and Palawan governor. At the same time, he clarified that guidelines under JAO can be amended and revised from time to time, to adopt to the current situation of the country under the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

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Did IATF overlook boxing?

There is a cloud of doubt whether the IATF approved the restart of pro boxing under GCQ during a video conference that involved GAB chairman Baham Mitra last week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Pro boxing still on hold

By NICK GIONGCO       Amid the celebration over the decision to allow basketball and football to allow their athletes to resume training, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is awaiting answers from the Inter-Agency Task Force whether professional boxing can also follow suit. GAB chairman Baham Mitra was expecting pro boxing to be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Mitra backs PBA launch

GAB chairman Baham Mitra said yesterday he fully supports the PBA’s proposal to start the 46th season and is now awaiting IATF approval for the launch which could happen this month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

Perils of boxing in South Africa

In the history of pro boxing involving Filipinos in South Africa, the alarming trend of losing by a hometown decision or not getting paid or both is causing GAB chairman Baham Mitra sleepless nights......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

WBC lauds GAB chairman Mitra

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The World Boxing Council (WBC) lauded the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham Kahlil “Baham” Mitra for being a major force in developing boxing and his support in women’s boxing internationally. Mitra, who once served as the chairman of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF), was highly-recognized for his achievement in […] The post WBC lauds GAB chairman Mitra appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

GAB seeks clarification on status of basketball gyms

By Waylon Galvez       Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Baham Mitra said Friday that he asked for clarification from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Emerging Infectious Diseases with regards to the government’s order to keep the gyms closed even if Metro Manila is now under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ). In […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020

WBC cites Pinoy ‘Heroes of Humanity’

The World Boxing Council paid tribute to Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra, referee Bruce McTavish, referee Robert Bridges and lightweight contender Mercito Gesta as “Heroes of Humanity” for their “acts of selfless heroism in these challenging times” in a three-month process of selection that ended last July 31......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

No 'horror stories' in sports as GAB takes careful approach amid pandemic

The Games and Amusements Board is all for having sports return in the Philippines this year. However, the GAB is also all-in for doing things right to lessen the risks involved especially since COVID-19 is still around. "We don't want any horror stories in professional sports," GAB Chairman Baham Mitra said during a recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. "That's why we're anticipating the possible problems and doing everything we can to make sure na it will be safe," he added. Most of the world's sports leagues shut down in March due to the pandemic. Locally, the PBA officially suspended its season last March 11 after only one game in the 2020 Philippine Cup. Since that time however, leagues have returned in some parts of the world. The NBA has returned and is about three games into its official seeding games before the playoffs begin. With examples set in other countries, the GAB is hopeful that local leagues can open shop soon as well, under safe circumstances of course. "A lot of us have been in their homes for the longest time. Watching the resumption of sports in other countries, we're not only envious but we're also gigil to have it resume here," Mitra said. "Ang feeling ko nag-resume na sa ibang bansa, bakit dito hindi? Kung kaya nila, mas kaya ng Pinoy. Looking at the other countries in terms of sports, no audience. Ganun din tayo," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

PBA hopeful for 2020 return after getting practice green light

It's finally go time for the PBA. The league has received official approval to have all 12 of its teams start training even as the country deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Joint Administrative Order that allows the PBA teams to begin practice was released Monday. Officials who signed the order were Games and Amusements Board Chairman Abraham Mitra and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. [Related: PBA, other pro sports cleared to resume training] The PBA is hopeful that this first step can lead to the eventual restart of the 2020 season. "Nagpapa-salamat ako sa gobyerno dahil napayagan na tayo mag-simula, meron ng JAO," Commissioner Willie Marcial said.  "Hopefully, dire-direcho na tayo," Marcial added. In anticipation of the order, the PBA has set its health guidelines for teams to start practices. [Related: PBA: Heavy fines await COVID-19 protocol violators] Each team will train by batch, with only up to six people inside the facility at a given time. The practice venue will then be disinfected before the next six people enter. PBA teams will also undergo regular COVID-19 testing. No test means no practice. Finally, PBA players are encouraged to practice the "closed circuit" method to limit their exposure to the coronavirus.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

PBA gets green light

Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra has practically assured the PBA and its 12 teams that they can resume practices next week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

PBA, PFL may start practice sessions next week

By Waylon Galvez         Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra said he expects professional basketball and football players to restart with their practice sessions next week when the official communication comes out on Monday.   Upon the directive of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

Pro boxing OK’d under MGCQ

Boxing was included among the pro sports that were given the provisional green light to restart by the Inter-Agency Task Force but Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra said yesterday fights may be allowed only under MGCQ starting in August with the government agency now drafting reopening protocols for approval by the Department of Health before the signing of the PSC-GAB-DOH Joint Administrative Order to make it official......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

GAB appeals to restart pro sports

Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra said yesterday he is awaiting notice from the IATF’s Technical Working Group for a meeting to determine when to restart professional sporting events under strict health and safety protocols so athletes could be given the chance to continue making a living for their families......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2020

GAB chief bucks escalation of NCR alert system to Level 2

MANILA - Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra said he does not prefer putting Metro Manila back under Alert Level 2 despite an uptick in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province.Mitra, the former Palawan governor, said bringing back some stringent Covid-19 measures in Metro Manila could drastically stop the momentum of seeing pro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2022

READ: GAB chairman’s statement on controversial VisMin Super Cup game 

Cebu City, Philippines— Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra released a statement on the controversial Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup game between Lapu-Lapu and Siquijor on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Alcantara Civic Center in Alcantara town, southwestern Cebu. Here is the statement of Mitra: The game was stopped at halftime due to […] The post READ: GAB chairman’s statement on controversial VisMin Super Cup game  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

GAB chief tests positive for COVID-19

Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra tested positive for COVID-19 last March 11, two days after experiencing getting a fever......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2021

Movie houses, parks cleared to reopen soon

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed more businesses nationwide to resume operations amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Friday......»»

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