PRESS STATEMENT FROM TV5:
The much-awaited Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will have its spectacular opening ceremony this Friday at 12 midnight (Philippine Standard Time). Happening in Russia for the first time, the XXII Olympic Winter Games will be brought to every Filipino home for free via the extensive coverage of TV5, the official Philippine Olympic Network.
Sochi 2014 will be making Olympic history at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, which is expected to be filled to its capacity of 40,000 spectators with billions more watching around the world, as everyone awaits if Russia can truly surpass the grandeur of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in China.
The opening ceremony is expected to be a three-hour festival of music and electric lights ending with a grand fireworks display. A number of Russian classical music performers will be participating in the opening ceremony, along with 17-year-old American singer Danielle Bradebery, who will sing the Sochi 2014 theme song “My Day.”
Seventeen-year old Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez will be representing the Philippines in the traditional parade of athletes, marking the country’s return to the Olympic Winter Games after a 22-year absence. Greece, where the Olympic originated, will be entering the stadium first and host nation, Russia, will round up the 88 nations of Sochi 2014.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will be making his first Olympic speech while Russian president Vladimir Putin is set to declare the Sochi 2014 Olympics Winter Games open.
TV5, the Philippine Olympic network, will give a comprehensive coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in the next sixteen days with athletes competing in 98 events. Viewers can also view the exciting sports action on AksyonTV and HYPER, the 24/7 sports channel. Sochi 2014 will also be brought to homes and mobile devices with the help of PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and CignalTV.