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.
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
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.