Filipina Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz ousted her Thai rival to win the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting title of the 31st Southeast Asian Games Vietnam 2021 on Friday at the Hanoi Sports Training and Competition Center.
GLORY is addictive and with the Tokyo delight of Pinoy Olympians, I’m sure it will not hurt if we will make appreciation a regular habit. Hidilyn, the heroine of Zamboanga, is now made for life, while Nesthy, Eumir and scavenger-turned multi-millionaire Carlo are now part of our vocabulary.
Crying and overcome with emotion as she — along with the entire Philippines — heard their national anthem, Lupang Hinirang blast inside the Tokyo International Forum for the first time in an Olympic medal ceremony, Hidilyn Diaz made sure her likely Olympic swan song was historic.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said it’s understandable that Filipinos are expecting Pinoy Olympians to deliver the goods in the Tokyo Olympics.
It is heartwarming to note that in this time of the pandemic, Philippine sports is boosting our spirits. We’ve lost a lot of friends already, businesses are shattered, movements are limited, and some of us are still waiting for the first jab. We should not make fools of ourselves and turn blind to reality.