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This early, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez believes that Carlos Yulo will be a force to be reckoned with when he competes in the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Ramirez yesterday told Daily Tribune emerging triumphant in the Summer Games is very possible if Yulo will display the same grit and composure he had shown during the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships over the weekend in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The 21-year-old poor boy from Manila faltered in his pet event, floor exercise, but bounced back the following day to clinch the gold medal in vault and silver medal in parallel bars, allowing him to cement his legacy and secure his spot in the elite circle of greatest Filipino athletes.

The PSC chief admitted that he was in awe of Yulo’s performance.

“Actually, it could have been three gold medals if not for a mistake in his floor exercise routine,” Ramirez told Daily Tribune in a telephone conversation.

“But it’s okay. The setback made him tougher. It motivated him to bounce back in the vault and parallel bars events the following day.”

“With what he had shown, and his continues improvement, I believe that he will do well in the Paris Olympics. If he will keep on working hard, another Olympic medal for the Philippines will be very possible.”

Ramirez, who was instrumental to the country’s athletic success, said the PSC will continue providing Yulo and other athletes everything they need heading for two crucial tourneys next year – the 19th Asian Games in China and the 31st Southeast Games in Vietnam.

“Whatever happens, the PSC will always be supportive,” he said, adding that Yulo stands to receive a handsome cash incentive for his victorious performance in the world championships.

According to the Republic Act 10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits Act, the government will grant financial incentive of P1 million to Filipino athletes who win gold medals in world-level tournaments that are held every two years with at least 45 countries participating.

Since the FIG world tourney is held annually with the next editions set in Liverpool next year and Antwerp in 2023, the PSC board of commissioners will have to tackle Yulo’s incentive package in a board meeting today.

Ramirez, however, assured that Yulo’s effort will be rewarded.

“We will take care of it,” said Ramirez, who handed Yulo a P1 million check – P500,000 for winning the gold medal in the floor exercise event of the world championships in Germany and P500,000 for qualifying in the Tokyo Olympics — two years ago.

Sports commissioner Ramon Fernandez echoed Ramirez’s statement, adding that the PSC is ready to open its wallet wide open in support to his golden quest in Paris.

Sources from the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines said Yulo will be taking a breather in Japan before going home for the holidays.

After that, he will go full blast in his training with his Japanese coach, Munehiro Kugimiya, in preparation for the Asian Games and the SEA Games.

“His (financial) support from us will never go away as long as he continues to play for the Philippines,” Fernandez said.

“Everything he needs, the PSC will provide him.”

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino also sees a bright future for Yulo in the Summer Games.

“Caloy has learned a lot from the lessons of the previous Olympics,” Tolentino said, stressing that he likes the composure and mental toughness that the rising star had shown despite struggling early on.

“He is now maturing psychologically and that will be his new armament for the games to come. We are now seeing that the new Caloy is unfolding. I know he will come to this point in his career.”
The House of Representatives also hailed Yulo for a job well done.

“Huge congratulations to Carlos Edriel Yulo for his stunning performance,” House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said.

“Once again, you have hoisted the Philippine flag high. We are proud of you, Caloy. Mabuhay ang atletang Pinoy!”

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