Philippines Awards First-Ever Gold Medalist $600,000, House

Philippines Awards First-Ever Gold Medalist $600,000, House

Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal for weightlifting on Monday, earning her an additional cash prize of $600,000 from the Philippine government and private companies, along with a new home, the Manila Bulletinreported on Tuesday.

“Under [the Philippines’] Republic Act (RA) 10699, the government – through its sports agency Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) – will provide a cash incentive of P10 million [about $198,000] to gold medal winners in the Olympics,” the newspaper reported.

Gabrielle Reyes