The management of the Indonesian Basketball Association Center (PP Perbasi) is still waiting for instructions and approval from the government regarding the schedule for the re-implementation of the national training camp (Pelatnas) in the new normal period (new normality).
According to the Manager of the Indonesian National Basketball Team Maulana Fareza Tamrella, she plans that the Pelatnas could begin in early June 2020, but it is likely that this will be difficult to implement, because the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) for DKI Jakarta will end on June 4, 2020.
“At the moment we are still waiting for permission and direction from the government, when we are allowed to rent the field. The plan is that we will continue to practice at GBK Arena Senayan,” Fareza said as reported by the Antara News Agency.
The government itself has already made a preliminary study, related to the implementation of the new normalcy plan in the country. The trial phase itself, was carried out in early June.
Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) Zainudin Amali himself, before, also had a chance to hold discussions related to the agenda of the implementation of various national sports activities, when it can be started again.
Regarding when it can be carried out again, Zainudin himself has not yet confirmed the details. But if permission is issued, according to him, the first step that can be done, is still outdoor sports and without involving physical contact.
“We are waiting for the task force and the government to say in what phase sports are allowed, both on and off the field,” said Zainudin.
This situation is clearly contradictory to basketball, which in fact always involves a lot of physical contact between athletes.
It’s just that Fareza still hopes that the government can immediately compile and issue protocols and guidelines for the implementation of activities for all sports, which indeed have their own characteristics.
“Once we get a clue, we will start,” he stressed.
Previously, PP Perbasi immediately stopped all national basketball activities, since mid-March, due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
The athletes who were projected to qualify for the 2021 Asian Cup FIBA were also immediately returned to the club and their respective regions, and officially disbanded at the end of March 2020.
The Indonesian team for basketball alone, indeed each has two remaining away games in the 2021 Asian Cup FIBA Qualification. In these two matches, Andakara Prastawa et al will compete in Thailand on November 27, and travel to South Korea on November 29, 2020.