The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) is set to move to its new home to formally kick off its long preparation for the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
GAP president Cynthia Carrion yesterday said they would be moving to the Green Sun gym in Makati City starting today in a bid to dominate the biennial meet in Vietnam in November.
“We will open our new gym for our local gymnasts starting Thursday,” Carrion said, also the auditor of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“It’s all for our national athletes. They need to start training for the Southeast Asian Games.”
Carrion admitted that the pandemic had frozen their preparations following an impressive finish in the country’s hosting of the biennial meet in 2019.
Save for Carlos Yulo, the Olympian who is training in Tokyo, local gymnasts couldn’t train after the Philippine Sports Commission offered Rizal Memorial Sports Complex to become one of the quarantine facilities for coronavirus patients.
Aside from that, gymnasts have yet to get the green light to train from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“They were very inactive the past months. Now, they can finally start training,” Carrion said, adding that they want to dominate the upcoming SEA Games.
“There will be 12 medals there, and we want to be the No. 1 team. And we can do that if we start training now in our new gym.”
“They are all working so hard to achieve their dreams of becoming like Caloy. And we really see that they are doing so well.”
Date: January 14, 2021 | By: Ian Suyu | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2021/01/14/gymnasts-get-new-training-venue/?fbclid=IwAR0k3Gpah673iSHTP6-WeQA_QHMVFdSKAbjmmpqtLstPKzFITQF0gyjvHm4