Hanoi — Carlos Adriel Ulo has set his sights on a goal that, according to him, is much more than returning to the Olympics in two years in Paris.
“I do not think it is easy to qualify for the Olympics because it is not. But my experience has been [competing there] In the meantime, ”said Ulo in Filipino. “Maybe getting a gold medal is another goal.”
An Olympic gold is certainly a goal, but what the 22-year-old Yulo wants to achieve at the moment is to make the Philippines synonymous with gymnastics.
This is a high aspiration for the beating heart of the gymnastics squad at the 31st Southeast Asian Games taking place here. And with five gold medals so far one point has been seen. “My goal is to make gymnastics bigger in the Philippines. Like now, basketball is the biggest sport for us, I want that too [level of recognition] For gymnastics. When you say Philippines, people think of gymnastics, “said Ulo.
Barely 5 feet tall, Ulo is doing heavy lifting.
“I want it, even though I’m retiring as a gymnast. I want to achieve this and share my knowledge with young people who want to do gymnastics, ”said Yulo.
He sees what his presence can do, as he competes with incoming Filipino gymnasts for the first time. The men’s team scoops a dazzling silver medal.
Just three days into the competition, the Philippines has surpassed the 2019 out of three gold medals back in Manila.
Mentioning gymnastics in the same breath as the country basketball is definitely a difficult goal, even for someone as cunning as Ulo.
But it’s still worth a shot, because no one knows what Paris 2024 could bring.
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