CALOY YULO IS OLYMPIC READY AMID INJURY CONCERNS, ASSURES GAP PRESIDENT
The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) is confident that Carlos Yulo, one of the Philippines’ bets in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, can still pull off his moves and is capable of winning medals in the Summer Games after suffering a knock during training.
GAP President Cynthia Carrion confirmed that the 21-year-old gymnast suffered a bruise on his right hip after landing awkwardly as he finished a routine in his pet floor exercise event during training two weeks ago at the Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo.
“In one of his tries, he got too close to the floor and got injured for that skill,” Carrion explained in an interview to Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News.
Carrion assured that Yulo is already fully recovered ahead of his competitions slated from July 24 to August 3.
Yulo, however, has prompted a rethink of his floor exercise routine, his signature move—a risky triple back and double forward routine.
The reigning world champion in the floor exercise event cannot execute the triple back, which, Carrion said, is “the highest skill” for a gymnast.
The gymnastics official had hoped that if Yulo could do the difficult move, he could put a lock on the top medal in the floor exercise.
“He’s already got the triple back… (if he) lands that very well, he’s got the gold. Nobody can get that,” Carrion said during a guest appearance in the Philippine Sports Association (PSA) Forum earlier this month.
“That’s the top skill,” she added.
Yulo is set to take action in seven events in artistic gymnastics that include men’s all-around, floor, horizontal bar, parallel bar, pommel horse, rings, and vault.
Despite the injury and pain, Carrion is still hopeful that Yulo can bring home a historic gold medal for the Philippines.
Carrion still has high hopes that Yulo can still pull off his other moves and techniques.
“He is good to go for the rest of his skills,” said Carrion. “(This) will not affect his other skills.”