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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

ASEAN nations offer huge rewards to Olympic medalists

Philippines' first gold medalist to receive homes and more

Philippine weightlifter and gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, center, Thailand's taekwondo gold medalist Panipak Wongpattanakit, left, and Indonesian weightlifter and silver medalist Eko Yuli Irawan are eligible for compensation worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Source photos by Reuters)

MANILA/BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian medalists at the Tokyo Olympics are receiving lavish rewards for their accomplishments, in addition to a hero's welcome when they return home.

Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who won her country's first-ever Olympic gold medal, will receive one or more homes and other prizes, on top of cash payments much larger than the official prize money on offer.

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