Hidilyn Diaz reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 26, 2020 03:14 PM
Hidilyn Diaz reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement
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Just last week, amid the uncertainty of Olympic Qualification tournaments due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic that has essentially put everything on pause, Filipina weightlifer and Rio 2016 Silver Medalist Hidilyn Diaz remained fully intent and motivated on securing qualification for the 2020 Summer Olmypics in Tokyo, Japan. 

Now, with Tokyo 2020 officially postponed to 2021, Diaz might have to wait a bit longer to qualify for the Olympics. 

While disappointed at the postponement, Diaz fully understands the situation and the need to move the year's biggest sporting event. 

"I can’t deny the fact I am disappointed with the postponement of Tokyo 2020 and I left everything on hold in preparation for the Olympics," Diaz wrote on an Instagram post. "This includes school, family, and friends but right now we are talking about the safety and health of all the athletes, their coaches, and their teams that will participating in the Olympics."

Diaz, who had recently won her first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, began 2020 with gold at the Weightlifting World Cup in Italy, and was supposed to competing in her final Olympic Qualifiers tournament in Colombia this month. 

"I cannot be selfish thinking of all the sacrifices I have done in the preparation for Olympics without thinking of the frontliners risking their lives to save people who are affected by the covid19 pandemic," she continued. 

Diaz did find a silver lining, in that now, she can take a bit of a break and has more time to prepare for the '2021' Tokyo Games. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s always serving God, ????????, #TeamHD , and Family. I can’t deny the fact I am disappointed with the postponement of Tokyo 2020 and I left everything on hold in preparation for the Olympics. This includes school, family, and friends but right now we are talking about the safety and health of all the athletes, their coaches, and their teams that will participating in the Olympics. I cannot be selfish thinking of all the sacrifices I have done in the preparation for Olympics without thinking of the frontliners risking their lives to save people who are affected by the covid19 pandemic. On the positive note, I’m kinda relief not to worry that I can’t hold the barbell and do heavy weights for last couple of days because of quarantine and have one more year to prepare for Olympics. One thing I know is that to me and #TeamHD giving up was never in our vocabulary. We are almost there and we can make it through. ???? @yks.media I want to thank @phil.sportscommission for the continuous support of the Filipino athletes. @olympic.ph #SamahangWeigthliftingngPilipinas and @philippineairforce for the support. I want to thank as well all my sponsor for being there @mvpsportsfoundation @phoenixfuels @underarmourph @8990holdingsinc

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