Weightlifting boss will get ‘Corridor’ go

Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz gestures throughout the girls’s 55kg weightlifting competitors throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Tokyo Worldwide Discussion board in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (AFP FILE PHOTO)

Weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella says one other slice of glory within the 2024 Paris Olympics would be the closing and becoming cap to his adorned profession as a sportsman.

“My solely dream left is to win one other gold within the Paris Olympics,” the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president mentioned on Thursday. “Then, I’m already performed.’’

He’ll depart behind an enormous piece of sporting historical past nonetheless, after overseeing the rise of the game and of Filipino heroine Hidilyn Diaz, the nation’s first Olympic gold medalist.

And weightlifting’s ruling physique will acknowledge his efforts.

Puentevella shall be enshrined within the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Corridor of Fame on Saturday, becoming a member of the pantheon of lifting greats in a ceremony set in Tirana, Albania.

“To God be the glory. What extra can I ask? A gold medal within the Tokyo Olympics and now an enshrinement within the IWF Corridor of Fame,’’ mentioned Puentevella, a former chair of the Philippine Olympic Committee and an ex-commissioner of the Philippine Sports activities Fee.

“This recognition belongs to all our lifters, coaches, officers and my household,’’ he added.

At least IWF president Dr. Michael Irani and IWF secretary normal Mohammed Jaloud introduced the groundbreaking growth in an official communication to the previous Bacolod Metropolis mayor and consultant.

“It’s our pleasure to tell you that you’ve got been elected to be a part of the IWF Corridor of Fame on your lifetime achievements within the sport of weightlifting,’’ wrote Irani within the memo.

“The inauguration ceremony shall be held on twenty fifth June 2022 in Tirana, Albania. We’d be delighted for those who may be part of us. Our honest congratulations,’’ the memo added.


Even earlier than Diaz claimed the primary and solely gold medal that the nation has ever gained within the Tokyo Olympics final yr, a feat that adopted a silver medal within the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics additionally by Diaz, Puentevella was already on the forefront of weightlifting’s growth within the Philippines.

And he intends to proceed sustaining the progress by molding the following era of lifters that would duplicate the uncommon feat of Diaz.

“Generally while you do your job proper, not anticipating something, blessings are available in some ways. I didn’t count on this. That is for the nation,’’ mentioned Puentevella.

The rise of the game has unearthed a number of intriguing potentials, together with current Southeast Asian Video games gold medalist Vanessa Sarno, who has been Asian champion within the junior and senior divisions. Different future standouts embody Olympian Elreen Ann Ando, Kristel Macrohon and sisters Rose Jean and Rosegie Ramos.

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