Pinoy gymnast gold medalist Carlos Yulo is set to pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday in Malacanang.
Yulo won a gold medal in the men’s floor exercise event of the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Hans Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, last Saturday.
The news made President Rodrigo Duterte happy, and he wanted to meet Yulo together with his coach and GAP president Cynthia Carrion next week.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez relayed the message of the President to the camp of Yulo.
“We are thrilled with the golden performance with Yulo at the world champs. President Rodrigo Duterte is happy,” Ramirez said in a statement.
“Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and (former Special Assistant to the President and) Sen. Bong Go has been monitoring the competition, the Office of the President and the PSC family congratulates Caloy on this achievement. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino!” he added.
Meanwhile, Yulo expressed his happiness over his victory, saying that he didn’t expect that he will outperform his foreign opponents.
“I am speechless because I did not expect to win because I thought the Israeli’s score was far too high, but I wanted to show everyone what I could do so I just wanted to do my best. Talagang napakasaya ko po,” Yulo said.
After the courtesy call, Yulo is set to train to Tokyo to resume his training for the 2020 Olympics.
He’s the second Filipino athlete to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.