ROMY P. MARI%C3%91AS e1473778560569 - Diva turn

How much is enough?

And how much is not enough?

Presumably and even if you challenged her to a round of weightlifting, Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidylin Diaz would just smile off the two questions about money matters in connection with her preparations for the next quadrennial sports extravaganza in Tokyo in 2020.


Diaz had gone to town over the supposed lack of support from the government for her quest this time for Olympic gold in the Japanese capital, reportedly decrying that funds for her training are insufficient, without stating what would be sufficient.

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) promptly refuted the Zamboanga weightlifter’s accusation, even taking out newspaper advertisements that showed substantial support not only for Diaz but also other Filipino athletes eyeing berths in the Philippine team to Tokyo two years from now.

Diaz, apparently, shot herself in the foot when she went online and ranted about the supposed inattention and neglect that she is suffering from in the hands of POC president Ricky Vargas and the rest of the sports officials who matter.

Talk about technology giving just about anybody a platform to criticize anybody without giving a thought to the likelihood that hurtful remarks would not be left unanswered by Vargas and company.


Expectedly, Diaz clammed up after her allegation was proved to be nothing but a diva turn.

Filipinos, also expectedly, are 101 percent behind Diaz’s dream to be the first of their kababayan — man or woman — to win an Olympic gold medal and end the country’s drought after nearly 100 years of Olympic participation.

But we are rooting for all other local athletes who would be able to qualify for the Tokyo Olympiad to also be crowned as Olympic champions.

Diaz, in whining about the supposed lack of support for her own dream of sporting glory, sends the message that she alone would be that athlete who would be capable of doing better than the Hidylin Diaz from Rio de Janeiro.

Of course not, because pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo or skateboarder Margielyn Didal would be as capable of bagging Olympic gold as Diaz.

Every athlete aspires to be champion — they are not playing for silver or bronze, and Diaz herself knows that to aim for second or third is not in any competitor’s vocabulary.

The subtext in her unfair criticism of Filipino sports officials was that if she failed to win Olympic gold in Tokyo, it would be partly or totally the fault of Vargas and the POC that he leads.

Fair is fair, but Diaz had other ideas, obviously.






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