Heidlyn Diaz was diagnosed to be afflicted with chicken pox
Two chartered planes will bring the bulk of the 317-strong Philippine delegation on Sunday to the 25th Southeast Asian Games to Vientiane, capital of first-time host Laos.
Bad news spiked the eve of the delegation’s departure. Top weightlifting bet and Olympian Heidlyn Diaz was diagnosed to be afflicted with chicken pox and will not be able to join the delegation.
Weightlifting association secretary-general Roger Dullano made the official announcement to the Philippine Olympic Committee early Saturday and delisted the athlete from the roster.
“It’s very unfortunate because she is the top favorite” said Dullano who added that the challenge just got bigger for the four remaining team members.