After Manila pit stop, a packed calendar awaits Caloy

Carlos Yulo will be spending time with his family before entering another busy year.  —August DELA CRUZ

Carlos Yulo will be spending time with his family before entering another busy year. —August DELA CRUZ

Carlos Edriel Yulo is stopping in Manila before embarking on an arduous journey that will mark the start of his campaign this year.

After receiving a Senate certificate on Tuesday, the Filipino gymnastics star will continue training at the national team’s facility in Intramuros before leaving on February 19 for the second leg. away from the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) World Cup series in Cottbus, Germany

Yulo’s continued stay in the country for two weeks prior to the February 23-26 meeting will allow him to spend more time with his family, who have been in Tokyo, Japan, for most of the training season. his practice last year.

Likewise, this will be a much-needed break from his studies at Teikyo University under a scholarship program offered by the Japan Olympic Association.

“I am proud to have received this certificate of merit (from the Senate). This is not for me, it’s for Filipino gymnastics,” Yulo said.

The 4-foot-11 athlete has been recognized by the Senate as one of the best gymnasts the country has produced after winning silver in the men’s diving event and bronze in the United States. the parallel bars during the 51st Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, England, last year.

Greeted by Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, lead author of Senate Resolution No. 458, Yulo was presented with a copy of the certificate of merit during a plenary session with the president of the Gymnastics Association. of the Philippines Cynthia Carrion with national teammates Juan Miguel Besana and Justine Ace de Leon.

‘The ability to inspire’

“I am sure that many young Filipinos have been inspired to work hard, and pursue their sports interests as hard and as serious as Caloy (Yulo’s nickname). And our ability to inspire young people is in itself a great victory,” said Zubiri.

The Senate president added: “We in the Senate are one with the whole country supporting him as he pursues further sporting heights, especially through his competitions this year, across the board. way to the Paris Olympics in 2024,” added the Senate president.

Yulo missed the men’s diving medal podium at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but the defeat only spurred him to pursue glory at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Just two days after the Cottbus tournament, the World Cup series will travel to Doha, Qatar, on March 1-4 for the second leg, followed by the return leg in Baku, Azerbaijan, on March 9-12 before ends in Cairo, Egypt, on April 27-30.

The 22-year-old athlete from Malate, Manila, will skip the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September because it conflicts with the 2023 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp , Belgium, on September 30 to October 10. The Belgian tournament was a qualifying round for the Paris Olympics.

“It was a battle of hearts in the world championship. You have to be 120% ready with a strong mindset,” says Yulo. request

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