Diaz eyes training in China for upcoming contests
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 31, 2017 06:40 PM
Sa China pa din. It’s where the strong lifters train. It should be China -- Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz on preferred country to train
Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz on Tuesday said if she could have her way, she’d train overseas as she gears up for the major international competitions lined up before here.
Diaz said she would always consider training in China heading to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in September and the IWF World Championships in Anaheim, Californa in November.
“I’m open to training overseas,” said the country’s first Olympic medalist in 20 years during her first appearance in the Philippine Sporstwriters Association (PSA) Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel.
Diaz, who will receive the Philippine Sportswriters Association Athlete of the Year award in glittery rites on Feb. 13, said she still considers China as the hotbed of weightlifting.
If given the choice, she would train in China for the two major competitions lined up this year, and leading to the 2018 Asian Games and eventually the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
This early, the pride of Zamboanga City has committed herself to the Tokyo Olympics, where she will gun for the country’s first gold medal in the Summer Olympics.
“Sa China pa din. It’s where the strong lifters train. It should be China,” said Diaz, who’s also pursuing her studies at St. Benilde College where she’s taking up Business Management.
“China remains the powerhouse. I like to train there because it improves my morale seeing my opponents. It motivates me when I train with the best weightlifters,” she said in the forum presented by San Miguel, Accel, Shakey’s, and PAGCOR.
Since the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and World Championships are at least eight months away, she will train regularly under her coach, Tony Agustin, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
She goes to class four days a week, with morning and evening classes, and has to adjust her training schedule.
“You need discipline. I study and train and at the same time I’m a member of the Philippine Air Force. Time management is key and it’s not easy,” she said in the weekly sports forum.