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Hidilyn Diaz ponders Paris stint: ‘I wish to know if my physique can nonetheless do it’


Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Weightlifting – Ladies’s 55kg – Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Worldwide Discussion board, Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MANILA, Philippines — Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz has been listening to lots of calls to hold out a repeat act within the 2024 Paris Olympics currently.

However the Filipino weightlifting celeb doesn’t wish to rush on fixing her consideration simply but on one other arduous path going to the colourful French capital.

“I’m nonetheless fascinated by it as a result of it entails further three years of coaching and sacrifices. The preparation was troublesome, I wish to know if my physique can nonetheless do it,” stated Diaz in the course of the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation discussion board on Tuesday.

Subsequent for Diaz is the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships on Nov. 1 in Lima, Peru previous to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Video games in Thailand on March 10-20 and the Asian Video games in Hangzhou on Sept. 10-25 subsequent yr.

The Southeast Asian Video games in Vietnam, which was shelved this yr, might be held early 2022.

“I’ll assess once more if I can nonetheless make the sacrifice (going to Paris). Is the mindset nonetheless there? Is the like to do it nonetheless there? If sure, I’ll go for it,” stated the 30-year-old Diaz, the one Filipino who performed in 4 Olympics and received silver and gold medals in these Video games.

The sports activities heroine from Zamboanga Metropolis recalled the grueling highway to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the place she skilled for 18 months in Malaysia away from her household as a result of COVID-19 world well being disaster.

“Once I received the silver in 2016 (Rio De Janeiro Olympics), I bought nervous when (Philippine Sports activities Fee) Chairman (Butch) Ramirez requested to compete once more in Tokyo. It’s the identical feeling I’m having proper now with Paris,” stated Diaz.

“I must also contemplate if my coaches could be keen once more to undergo the identical difficulties that we had skilled,” added Diaz, who guested on the weekly discussion board with fellow Tokyo Olympics medalists Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam of the nationwide boxing workforce.

There can be slight modifications at Group HD, the help workers of Diaz that helped her accomplish the golden feat.

In accordance with Diaz, power and conditioning coach Julius Naranjo can be designated as head coach whereas nonetheless retaining the service of Chinese language coach Gao Kaiwen as guide. Psychologist Dr. Karen Trinidad and nutritionist Jeaneth Aro will stay with Group HD.

“My psychologist actually helped me so much. The stress and anxiousness throughout my preparation and competitors had been excessive and Doc Karen made certain that I overcame these psychological challenges,” stated Diaz.

She expressed her gratitude to the PSC for bringing coach Gao into the image since 2018 together with Trinidad, the pinnacle of psychology on the PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Providers (MSAS).


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