Hidilyn Diaz has yet to get a good night sleep following a victorious performance in the Tokyo Olympics, but she is already plotting her next move.
Diaz yesterday said she is willing to give more glory to the country by seeing action in various international tournaments like the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and World Championship.
“I will not stop because I can still compete,” said Diaz in a virtual press briefing organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“Right now, we are already plotting our next tournaments. We still have the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games next year as well as the World Championships. Me and my Team HD are still talking about it.”
Diaz added that although there are some concerns, she’s very open to make another run when the Olympics move to Paris in 2024.
“I’m afraid for Paris,” she said.
“But let’s see.”
Talks about Diaz hanging up her jersey after this edition of the Games floated after Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella stressed that she had done enough for the country and it’s time for her to enjoy the rest of her life.
Puentevella said he will support her if Diaz decides to retire from competitive action.
But in a stunning twist, Diaz lifted an Olympic record of 127kg in the clean and jerk en route to winning the gold medal over the fancied Loan Qiuyun of China — the reigning world champion.
Her victory had swept the entire country as it celebrates its first Olympic gold medal since joining the Games in 1924.
Apparently, it also prompted Diaz to change her mind.
“I knew I had the chance so I gave up everything for this,” she said.
“And it was all worth it.”