With the Grand Prix scrapped, prolific imports have started flying back home
With the season abruptly ending because of a pandemic that has forced the sporting world into a standstill, foreign players who were supposed to light up the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix (PSL-GP) have started packing their bags.
One of them is Chery Tiggo’s powerful and prolific import Tatjana Bokan, who is leaving for her home country Montegro within the week.
And because of this, the 6-foot-1 open hitter feels she has unfinished business in the country.
Her time in the Philippines cut short by the coronavirus (COVID-19) plague, Bokan told her 16,000 followers on Instagram that “it’s not over yet.”
She also used hashtags #tobecontinued and #temporary, referring to her highly anticipated showdowns with fellow imports in the Grand Prix.
The Crossovers’ team owner, Rommel Sytin, said Bokan is on her way home although she was willing to stay had the league not issued an announcement on Tuesday that it was scrapping the conference altogether—much like the fate suffered by numerous sporting events all over the globe.
Within a couple of days of the PSL’s decision, high-scoring Maeva Orle of PLDT, Hana Cutura of Marinera and Kath Bell of Petron took flights out of Manila, according PSL operations director Ariel Paredes.
Paredes said all five remaining imports have already booked their flights home.
Interestingly, the first three who left all figured in a scoring duel against Bokan before the conference was halted after only four playing days.
Orle dumped 50 points for the Fibr Hitters in the game that saw Bokan firing 32 for the Crossovers’ victory.
Cutura also engaged Bokan in a firefight, making 36 points for the Lady Skippers who still fell in the face of Bokan’s 32-point effort.
Bell, the former Best Spiker, however, got one over Bokan when she led the Blaze Spikers to victory scoring 20 points against the Montenegrin’s 21.
PSL joined the rest of the sporting world in ripping its calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic. League officials said they will monitor the situation in a hope to resume it by October.
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