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Weightlifting Likely To Be Added in Palarong Pambansa, Hidilyn Diaz Reacts

WEIGHTLIFTING – Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was thrilled to learn that DepEd has heard the calls for the inclusion of her beloved sport in Palarong Pambansa.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is a native of Zamboanga City. On July 26, she ruled the 55kg category in women’s weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 30-year-old bested world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China. She is the first Filipino to bring home the gold medal from the Olympics. The country has been trying to win it for the last 97 years.

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On Wednesday, Hidilyn Diaz received the key to her brand new house and lot in Tagaytay. She also gave a glimpse into the interior of her two-story house.

Hidilyn will be neighbors with her fellow Olympic medalists Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam, and Nesthy Petecio. Their houses will be finished by November.

READ ALSO: Diaz To Receive This Huge Amount After Winning Gold In Olympics

Hidilyn Diaz has long advocated for weightlifting to be added to Palarong Pambansa program as it will help more Filipino lifters who want to follow in her footsteps. Based on a report from ABS-CBN, the president of the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP), Monico Puentevella said that he already made a proposal for the Department of Education (DepEd) to be included in Palaro.

“Now that we have won a gold, I would like to reiterate my appeal, ‘yung appeal ko kay (Education) Secretary (Leonor) Briones…”

“Sabi ko, pagbalik ng Palaro, isama niyo na ang weightlifting. Sana, kung gusto natin lumaki lalo ang weightlifting, (na) pangarap namin ni Hidilyn,” he added.

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According to the report, DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said that the SWP and the Palarong Pambansa Secretariat are already discussing it. Hidilyn Diaz immediately reacted to the news.

The Olympian was delighted to hear that DepEd has heard the calls for the inclusion of her beloved sport in Palarong Pambansa. However, she also stressed that they need to set a long-term program that will ensure the continued development of weightlifting in the country.

“We have to think long-term. Paano natin ipo-program ito? Kasi syempre hindi lang pwede na ipapasok pero walang programa…”

“We have to think long-term, 5 years, 10 years, na sana ma-sustain ito… maipasok talaga ang weightlifting sa Palarong Pambansa,” she added. “Kasi kung walang programa, magko-collapse.”

“So kailangan, may programa para continuous ang program for weightlifting sa Palarong Pambansa,” she added.

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