Hidilyn Diaz spearheads online weightlifting seminar to help COVID-19 relief efforts

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) - Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will conduct an online weightlifting seminar via Zoom on Sunday (April 12) starting at 9 a.m. to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Diaz, who is currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said the proceeds of her initiative will benefit her fellow compatriots in Zamboanga City and areas in Bulacan and Manila.

The 29-year-old Zamboanguena weightlifter added she will prioritize donating nutritious foods to the beneficiaries of her virtual weightlifting seminar.

“Based sa sports nutritionist ko, mas okay ang monggo, mas okay ang gulay, so mas makakatulong na tayo sa farmers, mabibigyan pa natin sila ng healthy lifestyle,” said Diaz in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines.

(Translation: According to my sports nutritionist, monggo are better, vegetables are better, so we can help the farmers, we can give them a healthy lifestyle.)

Being far away from her country due to her training for the now postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Diaz thought of holding a virtual seminar to share her talents and at the same time help those who are in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Wala po akong maisip on how to help kasi nandito ako ngayon sa Malaysia at naisip ko po is to share my talent and experience po sa weightlifting,” said the popular athlete who brought home a silver medal from the 2016 Summer Olympics ending the Philippines' 20-year Olympic medal drought.

(Translation: I have no idea how I can help since I'm here in Malaysia and I thought I am going to share my talent and experience in weightlifting.)

Diaz, who also won her maiden gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila last December, will teach some of the basics in weightlifting in her online seminar.

This include proper positioning in snatch and clean and jerk and cues in lifting, and exercises in improve snatch and clean and jerk lifts.

“We will start in stick, tuturuan ng basic snatch and paano i-execute ito,” she said.

(Translation: We will start in stick, teach basic snatch and how to execute it.)

Diaz advised beginners not to worry about getting hurt during the seminar.

“Weightlifting is the safest sport basta di ka pasaway at di ka magbuhat ng di mo kaya,” she explained.

(Translation: Weightlifting is the safest sport as long as you are disciplined and you will not go beyond your limits.)

Those interested to be part of Diaz’s online seminar must register and donate here https://hidilyndiaz.typeform.com/to/m3QtnK

Participants must donate a minimum of P500 to avail of the virtual seminar. The modes of payment are through Diaz’s bank and digital wallet accounts.

Diaz said she hopes more people become interested in her small initiative and help her realize her dream of helping the country in its worst period.

“Hopefully na magawa ko in my own way na makatulong sa ating bansa,” said Diaz.

(Translation: Hopefully I can do it in my own way to help our country.)

CNN Philippines' David Tristan Yumol and Pauline Verzosa contributed to this report.