Asian Games: What will gold winner Hidilyn Diaz do with P6-M prize money?

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2018 02:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz said she wants to use the millions she is about to receive to start a business venture. Courtesy of the PSC media pool

JAKARTA—Six million pesos.

That’s the amount of money that Hidilyn Diaz is set to receive after she won a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games weightlifting competition in Jakarta on Tuesday

The Rio Olympics silver medalist made history once more for the country when she lifted a combined 207 kilograms in the women’s 53-kg division, edging competitors from Turkmenistan and Thailand.

“Siyempre, masayang-masaya ako,” said Diaz after her emotional triumph. "’Yung training na nagawa ko, may resulta. ‘Yung outcome, maganda.”

Diaz, 27, is set to receive a total of P6 million in incentives: P2 million from the Philippine Olympic Committee, P2 million from the Philippine Sports Commission through the Republic Act 10699, P1 million from the Siklab Pilipinas Sports Foundation, and another P1 million from Philippine ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee.

The ambassador made the commitment on Monday night.

“Wow,” Diaz said when informed of her windfall. “Ano'ng gagawin ko?”

“Siguro, business,” she said. “Kailangan na matuto sa pag-manage ng pera. Invest.”

Diaz added that she will give part of her incentives to her mother and to her coaches, as well as her church. She memorably used her prize money from the 2016 Olympic Games to build a weightlifting gym in her hometown in Zamboanga City.

After the Asian Games, Diaz intends to go back to school at College of Saint Benilde. She will begin her buildup to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in November, when she competes in the World Weightlifting Championships in Turkmenistan.

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