By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz shouldn’t be going to relaxation on her laurels even after giving the nation its first Olympic gold medal on the 2020 Tokyo Video games.
So long as her physique can still endure the lengthy hours on the gymnasium and the ache that goes with the lifting of dumbbells and different gear, Diaz is not going to cease from competing on the highest degree in her effort to present the nation extra sporting glory.
“As an athlete, we don’t stop there eh. Yung once makuha mo yung goal mo, tapos na. Para sa akin, hindi pa,” Diaz mentioned in Tuesday’s press briefing of Summit Ingesting Water’s Thirst for Extra undertaking.
“Kahit nanalo na ako sa Olympics, gusto ko pa ring magbigay ng karangalan sa bansa. Kahit anong competition. Kaya ko pa eh. Alam kong habang ginagawa ko ito, nagbibigay ako ng awareness on my sport, on women empowerment… gusto kong magbigay pa rin ng inspirasyon na ginagawa ko pa rin ito dahil mahal ko ang sport na to. Dahil mahal ko ang ginagawa ko.”
Diaz, who additionally gained the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal, mentioned she has set her sights on the 31st Southeast Asian Video games in Hanoi, Vietnam subsequent month the place she will probably be defending her title.
Like Diaz, pole vaulter EJ Obiena can also be a person of mission.
The Asian report holder can even be defending his gold medal within the SEAG in Hanoi – in addition to carrying the nation’s colours because the team’s flag bearer within the opening ceremony.
“It’s still a medal for the country, it’s still an opportunity and a chance to gather that medal. It might not be the Olympics but it’s still important and crucial to deliver because I’m representing the country. There’s still pressure for that,” mentioned Obiena, who’s ranked No. 6 on this planet.
Even the Philippine ladies’s football team can also be upbeat on its probabilities to point out the world its true value when the Nationals compete within the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup after a historic exhibiting on the Ladies’s Asian Cup in India final February.
No Philippine football team, males or ladies, had made it to football’s grandest stage – till now.
However for Inna Palacios, Hali Lengthy and team captain Tahnai Annis, the robust journey was all value it – and they’re simply beginning properly.
“The past three years, we’ve been through so much together. Everyone is driving towards the same thing, we’re all on the same page and we have such a high level of respect for one another on and off the field. Those obstacles and hardships actually bring us together and have contributed to our success,” Annis mentioned.