INCLUDE THE fledgling Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup among the ranks of newly-minted professional Basketball leagues in the country. Set to open play in 2021, this also marks the first time in history that there will be a pro league based in the Southern provinces.
League officials have already met with Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham Mitra and the outlook is positive. All that’s left for the approval of their application is the submission of complete documents and requirements to the government agency tasked to oversee professional sports.
Turning professional will be a major step for the league which was amateur in status upon their introduction last October. As of now, only professional sports are allowed by the government subject to strict health and safety protocols.
The Super Cup is a creation of businessman Vicente Guingona together with his Heads of Basketball Operations Coach Marvin Caro for Visayas and Rocky Chan for Mindanao. They are currently evaluating several candidates to be league’s first Commissioner.
Several cities have already signified their intention to form a team. Among the prospective members are Cebu, Mandaue, Iloilo and Dumaguete in the Visayas and Davao, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Pagadian and the municipalities of Sindangan and President Manuel A. Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte and Tagaloan, Misamis Oriental in Mindanao.
The Super Cup’s primary goal is to discover and give opportunities to players in the provinces. They also hope to fill the void created by the long absence of a big time competition in their part of the country.