The facilities used to train gymnasts at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex have not been available for the last six months.
Since the lockdowns were put up to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the venues inside the Vito Cruz venue are being utilized as isolation facilities those who have been afflicted by COVID-19.
Because of this, the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines have decided to look for venues in Makati City so that athletes and members of the national team can resume their workouts.
GAP president Cynthia Carrion said they are getting help and support from Makati City Mayor Abby Binay on their plans.
“It’s been closed and there’s no training. So we have to put the athletes some place else. So, we’re finding a new gym in Makati,” said Carrion.
Binay was recently welcomed into the board of directors as head of the education and training committee,
Carrion said the new set of officers are now involved their plans for a new facility, which is among the priorities they have in the development of its grassroots programs, and in winning the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics
Carrion, who was reelected as president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, said getting a fresh mandate is helping the new board get its act together.
“We have a lot of kids who want join and be gymnasts. But it’s difficult to get to Rizal Memorial at this time,” added Carrion.
Carrion said they are closely watching how Tokyo Olympics-bound gymnast Carlos Yulo continuously prepare in Japan in his bid to claim the country’s first Olympic gold
And they are providing him the support he needs to from time to time.