Carlos Yulo is looking at taking the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games by storm.
Gymnastics Association of the Philippines secretary general Bettina Pou said Yulo is eyeing a sweep of all his seven events in the men’s gymnastics competition of the SEA Games following his golden conquest in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
The teen sensation cornered the gold medal in the floor exercise event to become the first Filipino to emerge victorious in the biggest, most competitive gymnastics competition in the world.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez vowed to give Yulo all the support he needs, including the formation of a team of physiotherapist, sports nutritionist and sports psychologist to monitor his buildup for the SEA Games and the Tokyo Olympics next year.
The government will also dole out a cash incentive of P1 million for his victorious performance in the world championships.
“The government will go all out in supporting Caloy and other deserving athletes as they prepare for the SEA Games and the Olympics next year,” said Ramirez, who also stands as chief of mission of Team Philippines in the prestigious biennial meet that the country will host this November.
“The PSC has been supporting the training of Caloy in Japan for the past couple of years. We’re planning to further increase that level of support because we believe that he has what it takes to make us proud in the SEA Games and the Olympics next year.”
This would be the first time for the 19-year-old Yulo to compete in the SEA Games.
His first tournaments as a member of the senior’s team were the world championships in Doha and the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta last year.