Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz continues her training in preparation for big tournament next year.
Diaz has already adjusted herself from being overwhelmed with so much attention after ending the 20-year medal drought of the country during the Summer Games in August.
“I am much okay now compared to the last time I was interviewed by members of the media, where I am still shocked with the attention I am receiving,” 25-year old Diaz told The Manila Times in an interview on Saturday.
Diaz was the first Filipina to win a medal in the Olympics when she took the silver in the 53 kg. class of the women’s weightlifting.
“As an athlete, what I wanted was to win. So, I did not expect any exposure from them. I was so impressed on how the people welcomed me,” added Diaz.
Diaz wishes to inspire the youth to try the sport and eventually, represent the Philippines in any international competitions.
“My hope and wish as an athlete is to inspire other people and make the sport grow,” she concluded.
Another Rio Olympian tae kwon do jin Kirstie Elaine Alora also prepares for the World Championships in Korea in July and the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia in August.
“After Rio, we return to light training to smooth the way for big competitions next year,” said Alora in an interview.
A five-time Southeast Asian Games medallist, Alora is hoping to play in next year’s edition after missing the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
“I want to play but it will depend on my association on how they will strategize every weight categories in order for us to earn medals,” she added.
Recently, the Philippine Taekwondo Association has selected new breed of players for the national team.
“They’re all potential key players. They would not be in the group if they don’t have the potential,” Alora concluded.