Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz took to social media recently to ask for financial support as she pursues her dream of giving the Philippines its first Olympic gold medal.
On Monday, Diaz posted a story on Instagram, where she asked if it was OK to ask for private sponsorship for her training towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"Hirap na hirap na ako (I'm having a hard time already), I need financial support," the statement read. "Sa tingin niyo okay lang kaya, nahihiya kasi ako pero try ko kapalan ang mukha ko para sa minimithi kong pangarap para sa ating bansa na maiuwi ang gold medal sa Olympics (Do you think it's okay, I'm embarrassed to ask but I will try to work up the nerve for my goal to bring home a gold medal in the Olympics for our country)."
Many concerned followers reacted and supported Diaz, who has been training for the World Weightlifting Championship in September, a competition that is a qualifier for the Tokyo games.
The Philippine Sports Commission said Tuesday that the government has been providing financial assistance to Diaz.
"The government has been very supportive," declared PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez replying to questions about the government's support.
Ramirez explained that Diaz receives one of the highest allowances in the national pool and whose requests are rarely denied.
The PSC said that for this year, it has already given almost P4.5 million to fund her training in Hainan and Guangxi in China. The agency is also paying her foreign coach Julius Kaiwen Gao's monthly salary and food allowance. Her NSA's request for funding for competitions was also approved. A new weightlifting gym has just been constructed in the RMSC after she called attention to the old gym they were using.
"Hidilyn receives support from the PSC and the Philippine Air Force being an enlisted personnel," clarified Ramirez highlighting the government's support for Diaz.
The PSC added that after her Olympic windfall, she also received P3 million in total from the government incentives act, RA 10699, for her silver and gold finishes in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Asian Games respectively.