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Filipina Olympic championย Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo looks forward to a busy year as she eyes back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the coming 2024 Paris Olympics.


On Monday, Diaz-Naranjo, a 2020+1 Tokyo Olympics weightlifting gold medalist paid a courtesy visit to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richard Bachmann held in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC), Manila.

โ€œMasaya na na-meet ko si Chairman Bachmann kasi sabi nya nga, โ€˜he wants to see the athletes, siya yung pupunta mismo sa training camp ng mga athletes,โ€ shared Diaz-Naranjo who is also the reigning world champion in the womenโ€™s 55kg at the 2022 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia last December.

โ€œImportante yun sa aming mga atleta na makita ang isang mataas na opisyales na sinusuportahan kami hindi lang financially, but also [giving us] the morale support that we really need. Yung makita naming nandun sya, it gives us inspiration,โ€ added Diaz-Naranjo who was accompanied by Team HD including Head Coach Julius Naranjo, Sports Nutritionist Jeanette Aro and Team Assistant Rowel Garcia.

After moving up to 59kg, the 31-year-old Zamboanga native expressed her excitement of carrying the Philippine flag once again on her supposed fifth Olympics stint in Paris, France.

Aside from competing in Paris Olympics qualifiers, Diaz-Naranjo is also looking forward to international training camps in U.S. and Japan, as well as defending her gold medal at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September.

โ€œGusto kong tsina-challenge ako. This year, mas lalo akong naging disiplinado at determinado na mag-back-to-back gold medal sa Olympics para sa Pilipinas. I will do my best for the country,โ€ concluded the Filipina weightlifting superstar.

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Date:ย January 18, 2023 | By:ย Philippine Sports Commission | Source:ย https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=547453387417876&set=a.221845543311997