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Hidilyn Diaz on failing to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics: ‘Thy will be done’

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The 2016 Olympics gold medalist in the weightlifting women’s division, Hidilyn Diaz, expressed her reaction regarding her failure to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics despite her sacrifices and preparations for it.

In her lengthy Instagram post, Diaz mentioned that her own will may not align with the will of God. “The result was not according to what I wanted and planned. But Thy will be done. It was not my day and #Paris2024 is not for me,” she said. 

Photo courtesy: Instagram/@hidilyndiaz 

Despite this, she still extended her congratulations to those who qualified and will compete in the Paris Olympics, and she also expressed her gratitude to the people who supported her in her preparation for the event.

“Congratulations to all the weightlifters around the world who qualified in #Paris2024, especially the Filipino Athletes, and to the athletes who did their best in the last Olympic Qualifying Competition.”

“We did great, we fought hard, and we did our best for our country. đŸ’ȘđŸœ”

“It’s the end of my #Paris2024 Olympic journey, I will still lift, continue to lift, and inspire young Filipino Athletes to become Olympic Champions
” she added.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/@hidilyndiaz 

She also mentioned her realizations after her failure this time around. “I realized what is forever: and it is not FAME, not money, not even winning or losing. But God, family, and real friends. These are my FOREVER. Thank you for your heartfelt messages of love and support.”

“Winning is not everything; It is being on the platform and taking on the challenges that give inspiration to other athletes. Thank you to the athletes who messaged me and said that I inspired them. I served and will continue to serve my purpose in weightlifting, as I inspire many athletes to dream high, take the challenge, and work hard to achieve their dreams and never give up. Just LIFT! You can do it.”

Photo courtesy: Instagram/@hidilyndiaz 

“The Olympics and weightlifting are not my everything. I sacrificed a lot of my time to train and sometimes I forget to enjoy the process because I am caught with the high expectations and high pressure of being an elite athlete. This moment is for me to learn new skills – join classes and workshops to learn to cook and bake. I have long wanted to take culinary courses since I was 22 years old, and now, I will not just imagine doing pasta, pizza, and kare-kare, I will bake and cook some for my friends and family.”

“I will also learn to do business and invest myself in education to be a better sports leader. I have a lot of things to learn in life.”

Photo courtesy: Instagram/@hidilyndiaz 

“This is #FamilyTime, I will be spending time with my family, Ninongs & Ninangs, and my friends. Together, we’ll make memories and enjoy the time with them.”

“I will have time to give back for the sports and weightlifting. Julius and I will do a fundraising weightlifting 101 for grassroots and the @hdweightliftingacademy.”

“I truly believe God has a better plan. I trust Him and for now, because of my love for God, weightlifting, my country and for all of you
 I will continue to LIFT everything – all in God’s hands!!!” she ended. 

*Cover Photo/Thumbnail Photo: Instagram/@hidilyndiaz

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