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Hidilyn Diaz’s Olympics bid affected by COVID-19

Filipina champion weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’s bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now facing challenges due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The virus has forced many countries to lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.
On her Instagram account, the SEA Games gold medalist said that she did not push through with her final qualifying competition in Colombia. She was supposed to compete in the Ibero-America Open Championships 2020 but could not fly due to the travel ban imposed by the Colombian government.
“There are things we can’t control and we can’t do anything, the effects of Covid19 is something unimaginable. Most of my Olympic Qualification events are postponed or cancelled, travel ban, city lockdown and country lockdown. Panic, fears and frustration are controlling us right now,” Diaz wrote in a post.
“I was supposed to have my flight today going to Colombia to compete at the Ibero-America Open Championships 2020 for my final Olympic Qualifying competition but we didn’t push through because of the travel ban in Colombia,” she added.
The champion weightlifter said that they will try to still give her best. She also paid tribute to Italy, who is now experiencing and dealing with numerous COVID-19 cases.
“As an athlete we don’t stop when we fail once, even twice, the most important thing is we do our best and at the end of the day we won’t regret anything.
I will remain focused and determine to improve every single day together with #TeamHD who prepared me and sacrificed a lot to represent God and the Philippines well in Olympics. So far the best snatch technique I have in competitions is captured by @one_kilo_ this was in Roma World Cup 2020 in Roma, Italy.
Speaking of Italy, mio amico and mia amica take care always, be strong you are in my prayers, in my thoughts and worries,” she added.
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