By Kristel Satumbaga
Organizers of the Philippine Superliga have reset its 2020 Grand Prix Conference to a later date in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak.
In a statement released to their official social media accounts on Monday, the league’s decision came “after careful evaluation of the current COVID-19 situation and in consultation with the eight team owners, considering the uncertainty of the duration of the community quarantine imposed by the National Government.”
The league advised eight participating teams to encourage their local and foreign players “to go home and be with their loved ones as health and safety are the top priorities during these trying times.”
The league also said it will hold a special team owners’ meeting to play for the next steps once the lockdown gets lifted.
Luzon Region has been under Enhanced Community Quarantine since last week, prompting other major local tournaments to also postpone and cancel scheduled events.
Prior to the announcement, the league had already postponed matches scheduled March 14 until April 12.
It also hosted a closed-door playdate last March 10.
The Conference started last Feb. 29 with teams participating namely Generika-Ayala, Chery Tiggo, PLDT Home Fibr, Sta. Lucia, Marinerang Pilipina, F2 Logistics, Cignal HD and Petron Blaze.