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Philippine weightlifter Diaz asks for more financial help in pursuit of Tokyo 2020 gold

Date : 07 Jun 2019

Manila, Philippines, June 6, 2019: Rio Olympics silver medallist Hidilyn Diaz has asked for more financial help as she bids to win the Philippines its first Olympic gold medal.

On Monday, weightlifter Diaz took to social media when she posted on a story of Instagram, where she asked if it was OK to ask for private sponsorship for her training towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Do you think it is okay, I’m embarrassed to ask but I will try to work up the nerve for my goal to bring home a gold medal in the Olympics for our country,” wrote the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist.

Many concerned followers reacted and supported Diaz, who has been training for the World Weightlifting Championship in Pattaya, Thailand from September 18-27, a competition that is a qualifier for the Tokyo Games.

The Philippine Sports Commission said on Tuesday that the government has been providing financial assistance to Diaz.

“The government has been very supportive,” declared PSC chairman Butch Ramirez.

The Commission said that for this year, it has already given P4.5 million (around US$87,000) to fund her training in Hainan and Guangxi in China. The agency is also paying her foreign coach Julius Kaiwen Gao’s monthly salary and food allowance. Her national sports association’s request for funding for competitions was also approved. A new weightlifting gym has just been constructed after she called attention to the old gym they were using.

Hidilyn receives support from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Air Force being an enlisted personnel,” clarified Ramirez highlighting the government’s support for Diaz.

The Commission said that after her Rio Olympics heroics, Diaz received P3 million (around US$58,000) in total from the government incentives act, for her silver and gold finishes in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Asian Games gold respectively.

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