The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hopes to discover more world-class gymnasts to follow in the footsteps of two-time World Champion and Olympian Carlos Yulo with the opening of the new Gymnastics Center in Intramuros, Manila.
“The PSC Board of Directors believes that our gymnasts will achieve more in the years to come,” said PSC President William “Butch” Ramirez. “That’s why we support them in a way that our limited resources could.”
“Last year, Caloy [Yulo] showed the world the true courage of Filipino athletes, fighting and winning despite injuries,” he said. “Our collective efforts to grow the sport can produce more Caloys in the future.”
Since Ramirez and the board were appointed to the PSC in 2016, the agency has donated more than 71 million pesos to the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) for international competitions, training, equipment, training supplies and other team expenses.
The amount is in addition to other financial aid that covers the allowances of gymnasts, coaches and local coaches, which for the year 2021 alone amounted to 7.9 million pesos. GAP foreign coaches also receive 287,000 pesos per month in salaries and allowances.
The PSC has spent 2.2 million pesos on rental fees for national gymnasts in 2021 and January 2022. The new facility will serve as a training ground for Yulo and other members of the national team.
Yulo, 22, a product of the PSC Batang Pinoy and Philippine National Games programs, honed his skills at the gymnastics center at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex before becoming a world champion and Olympian.
“I’m grateful to PSC for supporting me all the way,” Yulo told the sports agency’s ‘PSC Hour’ radio show. “I could not have achieved my goals without the PSC.
“We thank Caloy for setting the bar high for Filipino gymnastics. It just proves that hard work is the key to achieving a dream,” Ramirez said. “I hope he inspires more young people to pursue their dreams and will motivate us to further expand our core program.”