THE Zamboanga City government has given cash incentives to four Zamboangueño weightlifters who won medals in the recently concluded Youth Asian Championship in Dubai.

The cash incentives was handed over Friday by Mayor Celso Lobregat to gold medalists Maybelin Pablo and Hidilyn Diaz, and bronze medalists Jeffrey Garcia and Nestor Colonia during simple rites held at the mayor's office.

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Pablo, Diaz, Garcia and Colonia are products of the City Government's Summer Learn-to-Play program and have been successful participants in numerous national and international competitions the past years.

Pablo, who bagged three gold medals in the 69-kilogram category, received P60,000 cash incentive. Diaz, who harvested a gold and bronze medals in the 58-kilogram category, received P60,000, while Colonia, who hauled three bronze medals in the 56-kilogram category, got P20,000.

On the other hand, Garcia, who bagged three bronze medals in the 50-kilogram category, received P20,000.

The four Zamboangueño players were part of the Philippine delegation that participated in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship, held in Dubai from December 17 to 22 last year.

The four local weightlifters outshined their other fellow delegates by hauling the most number of medals in their individual categories.

Lobregat commended the four weightlifters and other Zamboangueño players who bagged medals in international competitions for bringing honor and fame to Zamboanga City.

He called on the youths to emulate the examples shown by the international sports winners by constantly honing their talents and skills.

Diaz thanked Lobregat and the City Government for the support being given to the sports sector, saying it is a big boost to the athletes' morale.

Diaz said the importance given by the City Government to the sports sector encourages athletes to further improve their skills.

The grant of cash incentives to winning athletes is based on a city ordinance and is facilitated through the office of the City Sports Division under Bernardito Patiño. (Bong Garcia)