Caloy to end long break in September

WORLD champion and Olympic-bound Caloy Yulo return to the tournament hall for the first time in 2020 as he sees action in the All-Japan Senior Gymnastics Championships set on Sept. 20-22 in Takasaki, Japan.

Coming off an eight-month layoff after winning two gold and five silver medals medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year, Yulo will return to the scene of one of his memorable triumphs that will help him build-up for the coronavirus-delayed Olympics next year.

“This will be Caloy’s (Yulo’s nickname) first competition since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Japan,”  Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya told veteran writer Bong Pedralves of ABS-CBN News.

This is the same tournament where Yulo shared the gold with two-time Olympic men’s all-around champion and Japanese gymnastics legend Kohei Uchimura after they scored identical 14.80 scores in the floor exercise last year.

Kugimiya, who has been handling Yulo and the Philippine men’s artistic gymnastics squad since 2015, said that he would not push his prized ward too hard.

“It is important that Caloy is able to compete without suffering injury in any of the events. Long time no competition kasi (He has not competed for a long time),” said Kugimiya.

Expect the 20-year old Yulo to produce some new routines for the athlete to execute, particularly in his pet event, the floor exercise, which Kugimiya has planned to introduce.

Kugimiya added that his team has still have yet to decide which apparatus Yulo will take part in besides his forte.

“We might try out the double layout salto with a double twist in the floor exercise,” said Kugimiya.

The coach said that Yulo currently trains four to five hours a day, six times a week at the Asahi Seimei Gymnastics Club while studying as a freshman at the Teikyo University where he is taking up Humanities.

“Most of Caloy’s classes are now done online so he has more than enough time for training,” Kugimiya said.

Performing before a packed hometown crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Yulo made a grand SEA Games debut, emerging as the country’s most bemedalled athlete in the regional sportsfest.