Olympian Hidilyn Diaz seeking financial support for Tokyo 2020 bid

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2019 12:49 PM
Hidilyn Diaz seeking financial support for Tokyo 2020 bid

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is hoping to get some financial support for her Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid, even if it means asking for help from private companies. 

The 28-year old took to social media, posting on her Instagram stories about the matter. 

"Is it okay to ask sponsorship sa mga private companies towards Tokyo 2020? Hirap na hirap na ko, I need financial support," Diaz stated. 

She continued, saying that while asking for help was not exactly how she would have wanted to get funding, it is all for the goal of bringing home an Olympic gold medal to the Philippines. 

"Nahihiya kasi ako, pero try ko kapalan mukha ko para sa minimithi kong pangarap para sa atin[g] bansa na maiuwi ang Gold Medal sa Olympics."

Diaz is no stranger to bringing glory to the Philippines, as she has brought home, among other accolades, a 2016 Rio Olympics Silver Medal, an Asian Games Gold Medal, and a pair of silvers and a bronze medal for the Southeast Asian Games. 

Diaz became just the third Silver Medalist in Philippine Olympic history, joining boxers Anthony Villanueva (1964) and Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco (1996). 

Last April, Diaz captured three silver medals at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in China to earn a spot in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. 

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