Philippine weightlifter who won historic Olympic gold prompts relook at athlete support

Hidilyn Diaz is set to receive some 40 million pesos from the government and wealthiest tycoons.
Hidilyn Diaz is set to receive some 40 million pesos from the government and wealthiest tycoons.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - Two years ago, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was practically begging for funding from private firms so she could continue her training for the Tokyo Olympics.

Back then, she had a monthly government allowance of 26,000 pesos (S$700) for her personal expenses. The government paid for only part of the expenses for hiring two coaches, a physiotherapist, a nutritionist and a psychiatrist.

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