Hidilyn Diaz backed by Gretchen Ho in plea for weightlifting support

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Ho and Hidilyn Diaz. Image: Instagram/@gretchenho, @annepascual25Champion weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has been wisely using her unique position to lobby for more support to improve the state of weightlifting in the country. The Olympic medalist gave a frank statement last Sept. 21 about how the sport is governed in a letter to Philippine Sports Commission chairperson Butch Ramirez.ADVERTISEMENT Being outspoken =/= mayabangMinsan kailangan mo na talagang magsalita para sa ikabubuti mo at ng iba. Makinig naman kasi kayo, baka may punto. Good job @diaz_hidilyn for using your platform!!! Supporting you. #ParaSaAtleta 👊🏻 https://t.co/oIg0VSoxAT— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) September 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum RELATED STORIES:End in sight to weightlifting woesHidilyn rues sad state of Rizal sports complexGretchen Ho loses bag to thief in London, receives help from kind FilipinosSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Angara bats for modernized PH sports facilities amid athlete’s death Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Minsan kailangan mo na talagang magsalita para sa ikabubuti mo at ng iba. Makinig naman kasi kayo, baka may punto,” Ho said. (Sometimes you need to speak up for yourself and others’ benefit. Listen up, maybe there’s a point.)“Good job @diaz_hidilyn [Hidilyn Diaz] for using your platform!!! Supporting you. #ParaSaAtleta,” she added.While many have expressed support for Diaz and other athletes, one netizen had some grim advice.Twitter user Louie (@louieboy4u) said, “Hidilyn stop ka na dyan. Kung ganyan lang din ang pamunuan nyan eh para saan pa ang pagod at hirap mo.” (Hidilyn stop already. If that’s how it is run then what is your hardship for?)Seemingly let down, Diaz replied with three crying emoji. “Please wag ganito baka magstop n[a] ko.” (Please don’t be like this, I might just stop.)“Don’t stop. Keep fighting. Dito kami lahat naka-support sayo (We’re all here supporting you),” replied Ho. DON’T stop. Keep fighting. Dito kami lahat naka-support sayo.— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) September 29, 2018It seems matters have smoothed out since the fiery exchange of words between Diaz and Puentevella. The SWP chief said he and Diaz are working hand-in-hand for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following a talk which included him and her coach Antonio Agustin. JB Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 27-year-old Olympian stated that athletes suffer from having “two associations” involved in the sport, which allegedly is in the interest of those in power.She also said that she has been accused of being “mayabang” (arrogant) because of her appeals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn response, Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella lambasted Diaz for her statement, reported ABS-CBN News on Sept. 26. “Sino ang nagdala sa kaniya sa Olympics? Ako naman, di ba?” (Who brought her to the Olympics? It was me, right?)To this end, TV host and volleyball player Gretchen Ho extended her support to Diaz in a tweet last Sept. 27. “Being outspoken [is not equal to being] mayabang (arrogant),” she wrote. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold PLAY LIST 04:16Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202000:58SEA Games stint long time coming for Hidilyn Diaz02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img

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