- Hidilyn Diaz received P1.5 million financial aid from the MVP Sports Foundation
- The Filipina weightlifter is in Malaysia on an extended training when the qualifier for Olympics got postponed due to COVID-19
- She is grateful for the aid and said it will be big help in her quest to bag an Olympic medal for the Philippines
Hidilyn Diaz has received additional financial aid for her bid to grab an Olympic medal.
The Filipina weightlifter has received aid from the MVP Sports Foundation to help her in her quest to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The MVP Sports Foundation announced that they will support Diaz by donating an amount of P1.5 million for her training and other needs. In a statement, they said that they don’t want Hidilyn to worry over her daily needs expenses so she can focus on aiming for that elusive Olympic medal for the Philippines.
“It was due to these unforeseen circumstances that we at MVPSF decided that it was best to realign our support to cover Hidilyn’s living expenses, such as food and rent,” MVPSFP President al Panlilio said in a statement.
Panlilio was referring to Diaz’s extended training since the Summer Games was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Diaz won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and was already eyeing a medal in the Olympics. However, her training prolonged due to the health crisis.
She is still currently in Malaysia to continue training for the final Olympic qualifier. The MVP Sports Foundation assured that they will continue to support the Filipina athlete.
“We don’t want Hidilyn to worry about her day-to-day needs, so she could pour in all her focus in training and bringing home that elusive Olympic gold medal,” they added.
Diaz was grateful for the financial support and promised to continue doing her best to bring pride to the country. She said, “Malaking bagay para sa akin na nandiyan pa rin si MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan), tumutulong sa journey ko towards Tokyo 2020+1.”