Olympian Hidilyn Diaz left the Chairman’s office yesterday with a wide smile on her face, assured of more financial help from the government agency which definitely is not sleeping on the job.
Accompanied by AFP Special Services chief Col. Taharudin Ampatuan, Diaz met with Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez yesterday and discussed issues that may have prompted her to post her plea for help on social media on Tuesday.
In her post, the Rio Olympics silver medalist asked if it is okay to seek financial help from the private sector as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics next year, sounding as if the PSC is neglecting her on money matters.
Reading the post, Ramirez and his men quickly made a statement saying the agency is not remiss in its duty to help athletes, Diaz included. In fact, Ramirez said the weightlifter is one of the highest-paid athletes at the moment.
“The government will continue to support her,” Ramirez said.
The PSC heads added that in their board meeting yesterday they approved two more requests for assistance to fund the trainings of Hidilyn in China.
The sports chief said that “we have pledged our support before, and we will continue to do so because we are focused on that Olympic gold as much as Hidilyn is.”
Diaz on her part promised “to never quit” on her Olympic quest.
“Let’s journey together towards that gold,” Ramirez told Diaz.