Weightlifting: Hidilyn receives bumps in training resources, thanks to gov’t, Phoenix deal


Asian weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz is set to receive an original sum worth P2 million to finance her training, based on a deal agreed on Thursday by national sports authorities and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc.

Diaz is looking to perform well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to become the first Filipino ever to win a gold medal at the Games.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed at Malacañang in the presence of Diaz, Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission Butch Ramirez, Phoenix President and CEO Dennis Uy, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.

Diaz, probably the country’s most accomplished domestic athlete in recent years, said she was grateful for the economic boost and recognized it was enough to get her through in her preparations for the Tokyo Games.

She won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and, in addition to other national and regional accolades, bagged the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Zamboanga’s 28-year-old has courted controversy, but when she expressed a lack of public assistance as she trains for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she voiced a feeling of frustration on social media last year.

Her name was also included in an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, a diagram that was published in May by Malacañang. Diaz denied such an accusation while she was eventually cleared of involvement by the Palace.senator

Go said the government understood Diaz’s dissatisfaction and the subsequent viral tirades.

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