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Diaz no regrets on asking for help in sponsorship: We really need support

When Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz appealed for support in public in 2019, she chose the higher route and opted to forgive the detractors and haters. Diaz held steadfast in her choice to upload a message asking for support from private firms in the hopes of strengthening her Tokyo Olympics campaign, saying she had no regrets.


“Para sa akin, hindi ako nagsisisi. Wala akong pagsisising nararamdaman kasi as an athlete we need support, we really need support,” said Diaz in an interview on Thursday, July 29. “Siyempre gusto ko manalo ng gold medal sa Olympics, kailangan maghanap akong paraan para makamit ito so lumabas lang ako sa comfort zone, naging courage zone ko ‘yon.”


Diaz also stated that previous issues with the Philippine Sports Commission, which is led by chairman Butch Ramirez, had been resolved. She went on to say that the PSC went above and above in offering assistance, particularly during the COVID-19 epidemic, when the renowned Team HD (Hidilyn Diaz) were stranded in Malaysia and began training there.


The Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation also stepped forward to help Diaz with his training camp in Malaysia. Diaz, a silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, went on to say that she appreciated and understood PSC's situation during these hard times.


“Siguro iba lang ‘yong pag-response ng PSC, hindi lang siguro naintindihan ‘yong time na ‘yon pero alam naman natin ang dami rin kasi nilang hawak na sports,” added the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist.


“At yes, ‘yong budget ay limited din so siyempre as an individual na may pangarap para sa Pilipinas, gusto ko makamit ito. Baka puwede ko ‘tong makamit, makamit ang gold medal with the help of private sponsors also with the help din ng PSC. Pero alam naman natin na limited ang funding.” she added.


Diaz stressed that this will serve as a lesson not only for herself but also to the government and the Filipino people. As for her critics, the multi-medalist weightlifter said their words won’t determine her worth and value as a person especially now that she brought golden glory to the Philippines.


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