WATCH: Carlos Yulo returns home to new national gymnastics training center 

Beatrice Go
WATCH: Carlos Yulo returns home to new national gymnastics training center 
World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo witnesses the unveiling of the national team’s new home 

MANILA, Philippines – Two-time world champion Carlos Yulo graced the formal opening of the MVP Sports Foundation Gymnastics Training Center on Saturday, March 5, in Intramuros, Manila. 

Yulo, who is based in Tokyo, Japan, arrived in Manila last Tuesday to witness the unveiling of the national team’s new home together with his coach Munehiro Kugimiya and International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) president Morinari Watanabe. 

Ngayong pandemic po, nag-stop sila ng isang taon, mga dalawa po siguro. Very thankful na nagawa na ito. Maka-training na po ulit,” said Yulo. 

(In the pandemic, they stopped training for one or two years. I’m very thankful that they built this, so they can train again.) 

A 2,300-square meter warehouse in Intramuros was transformed into a national training center, which will house the new equipment and gear of the artistic, aerobic, and trampoline squads. 

In Manila, Yulo spent time with his family and reunited with his teammates from the national team. He leaves for Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, March 6, for his graduation from Teikyo University.

Nag-dinner lang po ako kasama sila (pamilya ko) kasi may practice din ako dito. Super short lang po [ang bakasyon] kasi may graduation po ako,” added Yulo.

(I had dinner with my family and that’s the only thing I could do because I also practiced here. It’s only a short break because I’m returning for my graduation.) 

Yulo is in for a jam-packed year as he will be participating in the Vietnam Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May, the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in September, and the world championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom in October. – Beatrice Go/

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.