Hidilynâs training kitty draws P1.5million  from MVPSF
Hidilyn Diaz
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Hidilyn’s training kitty draws P1.5million from MVPSF
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - August 8, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Hidilyn Diaz’s quest for an Olympic gold medal received a big boost after the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation put in P1.5 million to  help finance her training for the quadrennial games.

“Thank you MVPSF for all the help you gave me and my team during the pandemic,” said the 29-year-old Diaz in Filipino. “It is huge for me that MVP (Pangilinan) is there helping me in my journey towards Tokyo.”

Interestingly, the helping hand came on exact same date Diaz snared the silver medal in Rio four years ago.

And the Zamboanga native, fresh from winning the Eleiko Email International Lifters online tourney, said she would need all the help she could get in her bid for a historic Olympic gold.

“I can’t survive this journey without God, my team, the help of MVPSF and the support of the Filipinos,” said Diaz.

MVPSF president Al Panlilio said the extra funding should help supplement Diaz’s training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she has been stranded since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was due to these unforeseen circumstances that we at the MVPSF decided it was best to realign our support to cover Hidilyn’s living expenses such as food and rent as she continues to remain focused towards her goal of winning the first Olympic gold for our country,” said Panlilio.

“Our chairman Manny V. Pangilinan deeply cares about all the athletes under the MVPSF banner, and we’re doing our best to help take care of their needs during this difficult time.

“We don’t want Hidilyn to worry about her day-to-day needs so she could pour in all her focus on training and bringing home that elusive Olympic gold,” he added.

Recently, the MVPSF had also provided Tokyo-bound, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo P800,000 to supplement his training in Japan.

Like Yulo, Diaz is one of the country’s best hopes for gold in Tokyo.

Diaz is a heartbeat away from  officially qualifying for the Tokyo Games. From her current ranking, she would need one more competition to make the cut.

From making the cut being currently ranked four of the top 10 who will qualify.

The other three Filipinos who already advanced to Tokyo were pole-vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno.

Apart from the MVPSF’s help, all Tokyo-bound athletes and Olympic hopefuls like Diaz have been continuously getting support from the Philippine Sports Commission.

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