Only 11 Filipino Athletes in London Olympics – Schedules and TV5 Coverage

July 27, 2012
Lia Cruz and Derek Ramsay

Lia Cruz and Derek Ramsay

The Philippines only managed to send 11 athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. Despite that, the Philippines remains hopeful that its athletes will bag its very first gold medal in the Olympic Games. The 2012 London Olympics Philippine contingent is the smallest team the country has ever fielded since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The Filipino atheletes will compete in nine out of the 26 sporting events in the London Olympic Games.

The Filipino people will be treated to the most comprehensive coverage of any Olympics in Philippine history as SPORTS5, the sports arm of TV5—thru its available platforms including free TV channels TV5, AksyonTV and AKTV and pay TV channel HYPER along with exclusive Cignal channels Hyper2 and HyperHD—promises to keep every minute of the action covered in the London Olympics, particularly the fate of Filipino athletes.

TV5 sports ambassador Derek Ramsay and sports reporter Lia Cruz will anchor the TV5 coverage of the London Olympics. The Kapatid Network brings closer to London Filipinos all over as it deliver blow-by-blow updates and live coverage of many of the Olympics’ sporting events, especially those involving the Filipino contingents. The highly-anticipated Olympics Opening Ceremonies will air on TV5, Aksyon TV, Hyper 2 and HyperHD live on July 28 (Saturday) at 4:00 AM (Manila time) with replay on AKTV at 12:00 NN.

(Standing, from left to right) Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Monico Puentevella, SMART PLDT chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, POC president Jose S. Cojuangco Jr., Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ricardo Garcia, POC 1st vice president and London Olympic Games chief-of-mission Manuel Lopez, Procter and Gamble Philippines president and general manager Sumeet Vohra and Department of Energy secretary Rene Almendras. Kneeling in the photo are members of the Philippine Olympic contingent who were present during the event: (from L-R) Jasmine Alkhaldi (women’s 100m freestyle – swimming), Jessie Khin Lacuna (men’s 200m freestyle – swimming), Hidilyn Diaz (women’s 58kg category – weightlifting), Mark Anthony Barriga (men’s 49kg category – boxing), Marestella Torres (women’s long jump – athletics), Rene Herrera (5000m run – athletics) and Brian Rosario (men’s skeetshooting).

The 11 Filipino athletes and their sports competition schedules broadcast:

§ Rachel Cabral and Mark Javier (Archery – Qualifying Rounds) – July 28, 3-3:30pm on AKTV

§ Jessie Khing Lacuna (Swimming – Qualifying Heats) – July 29, 11:30pm to 2am on AKTV

§ Brian Rosario (Shooting – Qualifying Rounds) – July 31, 9pm to 10pm on AKTV

§ Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting) – July 31, 10:30pm to 12:30am on AKTV

§ Mark Barriga (Boxing – First Round) – July 31, 11pm to 2:30am on AKTV

§ Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming – Qualifying Heats) – August 1, 9pm to 11pm on AKTV and August 2, 3:30am to 5am on TV5

§ Tomohiko Hoshina (Judo) – August 3, 5pm to 6:30pm on AKTV and Hyper

§ Marestella Torres (Long Jump) – August 7, 5pm to 7:30pm on AKTV

§ Rene Herrera (5,000m Race) – August 8, 2am to 4:30am on AKTV and Aksyon TV

§ Daniel Caluag (Cycling) – August 8, 11pm to 1am on AKTV and August 9, 9:30am to 11am on Hyper

Members of the Philippine Olympic contingent

Members of the Philippine Olympic contingent

The 2012 London Olympics will run from July 28 to August 13. TV5 and its affiliate channels will deliver the latest sporting action from the 2012 Olympic Games live from London throughout its duration.