The SEA Games are on in Singapore this week, and of course the Philippines has sent in our own bets across the various sports to be contested. (Here’s a list of the sports we have athletes in.)
While this week is the pointy end for professional tennis at the French Open and Game 1 plays out on Friday for the NBA Finals, don’t miss out on the action in our backyard.
You can check out the SEA Games coverage on local free-to-air television by tuning in to AksyonTV, or browsing to Sports5.ph. Unfortunately, live airing is limited to basketball, volleyball, and football.
A better option would be to head to Youtube channel Sport Singapore which offers live coverage of the SEA Games. I see a listing for Day 1 Swimming Heats, so fingers crossed for more coverage in the following sports:
- Athletics: Men’s Marathon, Women’s Marathon, Women’s 10,000m
- Cycling: Men’s Road Race, Men’s Criterium, Men’s Time Trial, Women’s Road Race, Women’s Criterium, Women’s Time Trial
- Triathlon: Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual
Over my years in endurance sport I’ve had the privilege to encounter many of the athletes competing: Jessie Lacuna in swimming, who has also tested the waters of age-group triathlon; Rafael Poliquit and Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista in the men’s marathon; Mary Joy Tabal in the women’s marathon and Mary Grace de los Santos in the women’s 10,000m; Mark Galedo of the national cycling team (featured in this blog post; and Nikko Huelgas, Jonard Saim, Kim Mangrobang, and Claire Adorna of the national triathlon team.
A special shout-out goes to my fellow Team Mizuno athlete Rachel Daquis (volleyball).
They work hard to be at the top of their respective sports here in the Philippines and I’m glad they’ve been put forward to represent the country. All the hard months of planning, training, and sacrifice come to a head this week. I hope they make us proud by doing their best and showing good sportsmanship over the course of the competition.
Go Team Philippines!