THE Philippine Sports Commission has approved an additional P3.2 million in assistance to Tokyo-based and Olympic-bound gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo in his build-up for the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital that has been rescheduled to next year.
The five-man board led by chairman Butch Ramirez unanimously passed a resolution last Aug. 7 allotting a total of P3,203,839.60 to Yulo, who became the second Filipino athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Games after competing in the 40th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships last November.
Yulo capped his successful campaign at the competition in Stuttgart, Germany by capturing the men’s floor exercise gold medal.
Based on the resolution obtained by Malaya-Business Insight, Yulo will get P1,173,900 in living expenses; P1,875,394 for training expenses, including the stipend of Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya; and P154,545.40 for miscellaneous items.
This is on top of the P3 million that was earlier approved by the government sports agency for the gymnast, according to acting PSC executive director Guillermo Iroy. Jr.
“As we have stressed, we will give premium assistance to our Olympians,” Iroy said.
The MVP Sports Foundation of sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan earlier announced that it was releasing P800,000 to augment the funds of the gymnast, who emerged as the country’s most bemedalled athlete in the last 30th Southeast Asian Games with two gold and five silver medals.
“These funds are badly needed by Caloy (Yulo’s nickname) and coach Mune (Kugimiya) and we are glad that the PSC has finally approved our request,” noted Gymnastics Association of the Philippines secretary general Bettina Pou.
Iroy also said the PSC board approved P3.5 million for Olympic qualifier and pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, who is training at the World Athletics elite training camp in Formia, Italy.
Obiena, who earlier complained of the absence of PSC support since January, will see action in his second competition on Saturday (Friday in Europe) in the Monaco leg of the Diamond League athletic series.
In his first meet of the year, Obiena cleared 5.45 meters, tying his 30th SEA Games gold-medal winning performance, at the 13th Trivineto meet in Trieste, Italy last Aug. 4, finishing second behind Brazilian Olympic champion and training partner Thiago Braz, who jumped 5.50 meters.