IT will be a happy new year for national gymnast Carlos “Caloy” Yulo.
A P250,000 cash incentive was given by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to Yulo in recognition of his bronze medal triumph in the men’s floor event of the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar.
The 18-year-old Yulo is the first Filipino and athlete from Southeast Asia to stand in the podium of the world gymnastics stage.
Yulo, who just arrived from training in Japan, personally received the cash incentive from PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram during fitting ceremony organized by the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines at the RMSC Gymnastics Training Center in Manila last Friday.
"The PSC decided to award cash incentive to Caloy (Yulo) for making us Filipinos truly proud. We will continue to support his quest for a slot and possibly? a medal in the Olympics, “said Celia Kiram, who ably represented PSC Chairman William "Butch )" Ramirez and fellow commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Raymond Maxey and Arnold Agustin.
Yulo was accompanied by his Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.
GAP president Cynthia Carrion lauded the PSC for recognizing Yulo's feat.
"We’re all-out for Caloy and this year, he really put gymnastics as one of the top newsmakers in 2018,” said Carrion, noting that PSC and GAP’s cooperative efforts are now reaping dividends.
“We will continue to make our mark all the way to the Olympics.”
Yulo, ranked no. 13 in the world, bagged a bronze medal in the men’s vault of the World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne 2018 held in Australia in February.
He also took a silver in the men’s vault of the Baku World Cup held in Azerbaijan on March 18 and another silver in the men’s floor event of the 2018 Doha World Cup in Qatar the week after.
But there's more.
He added a bronze medal in the World Championship in November and capped the fruitful year with a two-silver medal finishes in the Toyota Cup in Japan two weeks ago.
“Masaya po ako and para po ito sa aking family and sa mga taong tumulong po sa akin,” said Yulo, who is going full-blast this coming year (2019) in his attempt to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Yulo is also set to dominate the Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Manila on Nov. 30-Dec. 12 next year.