Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and Azharuddin

first_imgHarbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after the Pulwama terror attack left 40 CRPF jawans dead. In fact, the two cricket legends said India should even consider not playing the World Cup as no cricket tournament could be bigger than the country.Harbhajan Singh was the first big name in the Indian cricket fraternity to say India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan said India should consider boycotting their World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.”The simple thing is.. what’s more important? Does the country come first or does India come first? Keep sports aside,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak. “First, let us sort out the other issues.”World Cup is very small when it comes to the country. 40 people who have lost their lives. Who is going to pay for that? We have to stand united with the country. Even if we don’t play the 2019 World Cup, it won’t matter,” he said.Harbhajan Singh said as a cricketer he does not think the World Cup cannot be more important than the country. “We are Indians first and then we are players. We are what we are because of this country. People love us because we play for India,” he said.Meanwhile, Azharuddin said India should not play Pakistan at any level if they have decided to boycott bilateral series. “If we are not playing Pakistan in bilateral series, we should not play them anywhere. I agree with Harbhajan, the World Cup cannot be bigger than the country.”advertisementAzharuddin was captain when India played Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in the aftermath of the Kargil War. He recalled he was worried spectators from sides could end up clashing during the game.”There was tension…there was the war on. We were scared the spectators would start fighting. When we won, the soldiers celebrated. If you play Pakistan, play everywhere. Otherwise, don’t play them anywhere. ICC and BCCI should resolve this quickly,” he said.Harbhajan Singh Indian and Pakistani cricketers have no problems with each other but the issue is much bigger than that.”The players have no issues between them. We have received a lot of love when we went to Pakistan. But the issue here is much bigger. This issue (of terrorism) needs to be resloved. But we need to address the bigger questions: why should our soldiers continue to die? Why should our people continue to die?”The armed forces sacrifice everything to protect us… it’s not right to keep playing sports with Pakistan when our soldiers are dying,” he said.Also Read | India could be fined or banned if they don’t play Pakistan in World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | Banning cricket with Pakistan a justified demand: Union minister Ravi Shankar PrasadAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | Pulwama should never be forgotten, ready to fight for the country: Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

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