THE Philippine Sports Commission is set to give an additional P5 million for Hidilyn Diaz for etching a new Olympic record in the women’s -55kg category in weightlifting of the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The incentive is in accordance to Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.
Under Section 8 of the law, “national athletes and other athletes who surpass Philippine record or ranking in any measurable international sports competition shall be given cash incentives, the amount of which may be determined by the PSC.”
On her way to gold, Diaz lifted a total of 224 kilograms, setting a new world record in the first foray of the weight category in the Olympics.
PSC officer-in-charge Celia Kiram confirmed in a press dispatch that the additional incentive has already been approved and ready for release.
The national government is now set to give P15 million to Diaz for giving the country its first-ever gold medal in the Olympics.
President Duterte has also promised to hand P3 million from his personal account, and a fully-furnished house and lot in Diaz’s hometown of Zamboanga City, whose local government also promised P2.5 million for the weightlifter.
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