THE Philippine Weightlifting Association and the Alsons Power Group are set to launch on Tuesday, June 13, the Hidilyn Weightlifting Scholarship program.
A signing of contract between the Philippine Weightlifting Association and the Alson Power Group will marked the official launching of the program.
The contract signing will be spearheaded by Councilor Elbert Atilano, Sr., Philippine Weightlifting Association president, and officials of the Alsons Power Group.
Atilano said the weightlifting scholarship program will initially benefit five students who has the potential to become future world-class athletes starting this year.
Atilano said each of the qualified beneficiary will received P40,000 stipend yearly.
“We will start with five students who has the potential to become world class athletes starting from 10 years old,” he said citing the launching of the program is an offshoot in the performance of Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Diaz, a Zamboangueña, bagged the silver medal in the women’s 53-kilogram category of the 2016 Rio Olympics ending the 20-year medal drought of the Philippines in Olympic competition.
He said that so far there are 86 aspiring weightlifters aged nine to 12 and 200 existing weightlifters with an average age of 15 in the country.
Atilano said they will also launch the 1st Hidilyn Diaz weightlifting championship competition.
He said the competition will be sponsored by the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation in line with the search of the next Diaz. (SunStar Philippines)