Asian Games medalists received a bigger cash incentive as Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation gave additional cash reward for the Pinoy athletes’ impressive finish at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
On top of the incentive from the government, Siklab Atleta added over Php 8.7 million as reward to the 21 athletes who rose above their competitors and won an Asian Games medal. The athletes were recognized during the awarding ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on September 12, 2018.
Gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go of golf, and Margielyn Didal of roller sports received additional Php 1 million each from Siklab Atleta for their outstanding performance.
Diaz expressed her gratitude for the support. “Thank you, Siklab Atleta, for supporting us in the Asian Games. Thank you for giving us additional incentives and for recognizing our efforts to bring pride to our country. This would help us in our preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,” she said.
Silver medalists Kiyomi Watanabe of judo and Rogen Ladon of boxing were each given Php 500,000 by Siklab for their feat.
Fifteen other athletes who won bronze medals also received Php 250,000 from Siklab Atleta. They were Dustine Mella, Jeordan Dominguez, Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Janna Oliva, Juvenile Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto, and Pauline Louise Lopez for taekwondo, Agatha Chrystenzen Wong and Divine Wally for wushu, Margarita Ochoa for jiu jitsu, Daniel Caluag for cycling, Jefferson Rhey Loon, Dines Dumaan, Cherry May Regalado, and Almohaidib Abad for pencak silat, Bianca Pagdanganan for golf, Junna Tsukii for karate, and Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial for boxing.
“Aside from their well-deserved and hard-earned medals, our athletes brought us pride and hope from the Asian Games—pride for they have proven the world-class skills of Filipino athletes for sports, and hope that they can actually turn our Olympic gold dream into a reality,” Siklab Atleta founder Dennis Uy said. “We hope that this reward further inspires and motivates them to continue working hard to achieve our common goal. Siklab Atleta is behind our athletes, supporting and helping them every step of the way.”
Siklab Atleta is a private, non-profit organization established in 2017 that leads efforts in the private sector in support of Filipino athletes’ goal to win an Olympic gold medal.