The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) recently bared that Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya assured that world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo will have fully recovered from a minor hand injury in time for the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships scheduled Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 in Liverpool, England.
The 22-year-old Yulo recently captured the men’s floor exercise gold medal and men’s vault bronze in the recent All-Japan Senior Championships but skipped all his other events after a bad fall from the horizontal bar that hurt his finger.
He is scheduled for a five-day training camp in Paris, France from October 19 to 24 for his 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships stint.
Training with Kugimiya
His training camp with Kugimiya and physiotherapist Junpei Kono is geared at surpassing his one-gold, one-silver medal output in the 2021 edition of the Worlds held in Kitakyushu, Japan.
GAP president Cynthia Carrion, during a recent Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) People Sports Conversations online program, said the camp will help Yulo get acclimatized for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“This will be a great opportunity for Caloy,” she said.
The Tokyo Olympian aims to redeem himself in the world championships’ floor exercise, which is his favorite event, as he only finished fifth last year.
Carrion, who earlier called on Filipinos to pray for Yulo’s quick recovery from his injury, said the latter is also set to defend his vault gold medal and surpass his parallel bars silver performance.
Carlos Yulo posted a video of his heavy fall on IG and started his post with “You win some you lose some.”
The video showed Yulo doing a series of 360-degree revolutions before releasing the bar and somersaulting into the air only to lose his grip on the horizontal rod while he was on his way down.
He said, “This kind of thing makes me want to improve and grow even more. It’s funny because Gymnastics is not always fun and it’s not always about winning in the competition.”
“It’s all about standing up after that fall. To give your all till the dismount, to not give up on what you love, to search for ways to improve, and to not lose yourself in everyday training. I mean this is definitely not easy but this is my lifestyle,” he added.
Carlos Yulo next stop
Yulo is competing at the Worlds for the fourth time. He first saw action in 2018 when he salvaged a bronze in the floor exercise. He returned the following year and went on to clinch the gold, which he failed to defend in 2021.
Netizens’ get well soon messages flooded the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC’s) Facebook post on Carrion’s appeal for Filipinos to pray for Yulo.
Zenaida Bonifacio wrote, “We pray for your fast healing, God be with you.”
Madelyne Gurat- Alican commented: ” Prayers for you, Caloy, hope you get well before the competition. God bless!!!
Ed Martinez said, “Faith and trust in God… all you need to succeed. Get healed through Christ Jesus and win for the glory of God and your beloved country!”
Althea Prudente, for her part, added, “Get well soon Caloy! May God’s healing hands work wonders and healing for you to continue your journey carrying the Philippine flag wherever you compete! Pagaling ka po! Mabuhay ka (Long live) our Champion!