VOLLEYBALL, athletics and mixed martial arts will be this week’s topics in the “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports TOPS) via Zoom.
BaliPure Water Defenders, led by team manager Gil Cortez, coach Rommel Abella and players Sati Espiritu and Gyra Barroga will talk about their coming campaign in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
Also attending the 10 a.m. public service program are former Southeast Asian Games long jump bronze medalist Khay Santos of Baguio City and mixed martial arts stars Jennelyn Olsim and Jomar James Pa-ac of Team Lakay.
A standout of the University of Baguio, the 29-year-old Santos is hoping to make a comeback in long jump where her 6.40m leap in the 77th Singapore Open Track and Field Championships in 2015 ranks fourth all-time best Philippine record behind long jump greats Marestella Torres, Elma Muros-Posadas, and Lerma Buluitan-Gabito.
Olsim and Paa-ac will talk about their training and preparations under Team Lakay.
TOPS president Ed Andaya of People’s Tonight is inviting all officers and members, and friends in the sports community, to join the sports forum sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
This is the 13th session for the year of TOPS, which is composed of editors, columnists, reporters and photographers of the country’s leading national tabloids and blogger-friends from different social media groups.
Last month, TOPS celebrated women’s month with the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato of Abanse Negrense last March 4; PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram, Philippine Sports Hall of Fame awardee Elma Muros-Posadas and mixed martial arts superstar Lara Pearl Alvarez of Team Lakay last March 11; Philippine Olympians Association president Akiko Thomson-Guevara, taekwondo champion-coach Janice Lagman-Lizardo and duathlon star Pawie Fornea last March 18; and Milo stars Pauline Lopez and Stephen Fernandez, obstacle course racing champion Kaizen dela Sena and table tennis star Rose Jean Fadol last March 25.
Veteran sportscaster Ernest Leo Hernandez is the moderator.