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    Hidilyn Diaz believes PH medal chances will be even better in future

    Aug 5, 2021
    PHOTO: Gerry Ramos

    HIDILYN Diaz believes medals of any color in the Olympics will no longer be hard to come by for the country.

    "Yes, sa tingin ko. For how many years, ngayon ang dami nating medals na iuuwi. Alam kong yung susunod sa amin or yung susunod na (Olympics) sa Paris 2024, yung support sa mga athletes hindi nila masasabi na ito lang din. Siyempre alam na ng government what to do, how to do, and what is the preparation needed para makapag-qualify at manalo ng gold medal for the Philippines,"said Diaz, who ended the Philippines' 97-year wait for a gold medal in the Olympics after winning the women's 55kg weightlifting event of the Tokyo Games.

    She shared such optimism on Thursday upon receiving the P3 million financial reward pledged by Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero for winning the breakthrough gold in the Olympiad.

    Diaz said it was the first financial reward she personally received since her historic gold medal feat in Tokyo last July 26. The MVP Sports Foundation initially deposited the P10 million bonus package through the Filipina's personal account just four days after her breakthrough achievement.

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    Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella and AirAsia executive Eric Arejola also graced the brief and simple awarding ceremony.

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    Romero of the 1Pacman partylist, agrees with what the Filipina weightlifter said as he hopes Diaz's golden triumph would serve as an inspiration for all Filipino athletes to bring home more medals from the Tokyo Games onwards.

    "Itong super woman natin, itong super hero natin ngayon ay talagang taas noo tayo. Sana makapag-bukas ng pinto para sa mga ibang atleta natin na makapag-uwi rin ng iba pang mga medalya," said Romero, who referred to the 19-man Filipino athletes in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics as 'the best Philippine team ever assembled.'

    "Sana hindi after every 100 years but after 100 years marami pang dumating," added the NorthPort basketball team owner. "Again, congratulations. You truly made us very proud."

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    Romero pledged to give financial rewards to members of Team Philippines who will win medals in the Olympics – P3 million for gold, P2 million silver, and P1 million bronze.

    “Kami po mga supporters lang, na kapag makapag-bigay ng medalysa sa Pilipinas ay marunong lang kaming mag-pasalamat,” said Romero of the gesture he offered along with other businessman-sportsmen such as Ramon S. Ang and Manny V. Pangilinan.

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    The personal meeting was actually a reunion of sorts for Diaz and Romero, who were together in the 2012 London Olympics at a time the solon was still president of the Philippine Shooting Association.

    Counting the breakthrough gold of Diaz, the country has so far bagged a silver medal courtesy of boxer Nesthy Petecio and bronze by another Filipino pug in Eumir Marcial.

    Flyweight fighter Carlo Paalam is in strong contention for the gold as he battles Galal Yafai of Great Britain in the final on Saturday, while golfers Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso are still playing in the women's golf competition.

    "Alam kong kaya nila at alam nating lahat na Pilipino na kaya nilang manalo. At tiwala naman ako sa kanila," said the 30-year-old Diaz.

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