SEA GAMES: 11 sports to air live in the Philippines

Mark Escarlote on Jul 23, 2019 06:17 PM
SEA GAMES: 11 sports to air live in the Philippines
Eleven sports in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will air live in the Philippines.

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, Foundation (Phisgoc) announced on Tuesday that 11 sports will be broadcasted live when the country hosts the biennial meet from November 30 to December 11.

Phisgoc chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara said during the broadcast and media conference at the Sofitel Hotel that airing of these popular sports including the opening and closing ceremonies will be divided among two of the country’s biggest networks.

“We’re trying to focus only on 11 live sports that are really popular not only in the Philippines but regional sports too like badminton and sepak takraw and football,” said Suzara.

Crowd-drawing sports basketball (5x5 and 3x3) and volleyball headline the list of sports that will get live coverage.

Also getting TV exposure are football, swimming, diving, athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, sepak takraw, taekwondo and E-sports.

The remaining 45 sports will have separate highlights and updates.

“Again these are only 11 live sports that will be divided to local TV networks,” said Suzara. “The other sports will be highlights. Again as I mentioned earlier today, there’s cost in every sport that you want to do live, there’s an additional cost. Everybody knows that.”

Phisgoc is still in the process of finalizing the livestream rights of the Games.

Football will be the first sport to air with the preliminaries set to begin on November 25. Volleyball will start on November 28.

Badminton, 3x3 basketball, gymnastics and sepak takraw opens on Dec. 1 followed by boxing (Dec. 2), swimming and 5x5 basketball (Dec. 4), E-sports (Dec. 5), athletics and diving (Dec. 6) and taekwondo (Dec. 7).     

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