Hidilyn Diaz ditches retirement,
dreams of gold in 2020 Olympics

August 11 2016 7:05 PM

Three Olympics’ appearances and one silver medal after, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz isn’t done yet and announced that she would continue her quest for the gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Hindi na po ako magreretire. Kaya pala natin,” said Diaz in a live broadcast of her press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (Naia-3) after her arrival on Thursday, August 11.

Diaz, who said she would retire after her victory at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to train a young generation of weightlifters, now wants to go after a gold medal.

Diaz, who also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, said that with full support from the government, her dream of winning the country’s first gold medal may be realized.

Diaz said she was dedicating her victory in Rio to her mother who celebrated her birthday last August 7.

Diaz’s parents were both present to welcome her.

Asked what she would do with the P5 million cash incentive that would be rewarded to her for winning a silver medal, Diaz said she would buy land where she could build a gym that would serve as a training ground for young weightlifters who, like her, dared to dream of winning in the Olympics.

As of posting time, Diaz will fly to Davao where she would pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte who is also in the province.

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