Tributes pour in as government, sports officials hail 'rare shining star' Hidilyn Diaz
“Diaz is a rare shining star in our quest for Olympics success," says Sen. Sonny Angara in a bill he filed commending the Olympic silver medallist. Jerome Ascano

LAWMAKERS and sports officials led the tribute to Hidilyn Diaz after her silver medal in weightlifting broke a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines in the Olympics.

Sen. Sonny Angara filed Senate Resolution No. 88 commending Diaz’s accomplishment in becoming the first-ever Filipina to win a medal in the Olympics.

“Through grit and determination, she was able to make history not only for herself and her fellow athletes, but for the entire country. With her dedication and countless hours of training, Diaz’s hard work finally paid off in one glorious moment that cemented her name in Philippine sports history,” said Angara.

Angara hopes Diaz’s accomplishment will inspire the Filipinos in their chosen field especially in sports.

“Diaz is a rare shining star in our quest for Olympics success. May her historic win inspire and blaze the way for other Filipino and Filipina athletes, as well as our youth, to courageously follow their own Olympic dreams and bring honor to our country,” he added.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, meanwhile, said he hopes the achievement of Diaz is a start of bigger things to come for Philippine sports.

“I hope this is the start,” Cojuangco said. “Iba ‘yung binibigyan natin sila ng konting alalay. Kahit papaano, si Hidilyn nabigyan natin ng alalay up to the last minute. Magagaling ang ating mga atleta pero kailangan nila ng ayuda.”

Chef de mission Joey Romasanta said Diaz’s silver is well-deserved with all the hardships and sacrifices she experienced.

“It’s a reward for a very top effort that Hidilyn made along with the coaches. It is something that is well deserved for Hidilyn,” said Romasanta. With reports from Jerome Ascano

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