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2 young Filipino gymnasts to train with Yulo in Japan

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World champion Carlos Yulo has welcomed his brother Eldrew and national team member, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Juan Miguel Besana in his training camp in Tokyo, Japan.

Carlos, Besana and Eldrew flew to Tokyo with national coach Reyland Capellan, a day after their competitions in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia ended last week.

Besana and Eldrew have been able to witness the practice sessions of Japanese gymnasts preparing for international meets with the 23-year-old Yulo.

Carlos Yulo

“Nakakatuwa po na nakita po nila ang mga teammates ko dito. Natutulala po sila sa mga nakikita nila sa mga practice,” said Yulo in a Zoom meeting with scribes.

Besana and Eldrew will be with Yulo for a month.

The 22-year-old Besana will be handled by Yulo’s coach Munehiro Kugimiya, while Eldrew will be under the care of Capellan, who has since gone home to Manila following a short stay in Japan

The Yulo brothers and Besana are getting ready for two major international competitions in Singapore next month.

It was Capellan who mentored the national men’s squad, which collected four golds and two silver medals in the biennial Cambodia meet.

Eldrew is preparing to see action in the 16th Asian Junior Artistic Championships on July 10 to 13.

On the other hand, Besana, who claimed the men’s vault gold in Cambodia, will be part of the national team that will compete in the 10th Asian Senior Artistic Gymnastics Championships from July 10 to 18 at the OCBC Arena inside the Singapore Sports Hub.

The elder Yulo came out as the country’s most bemedalled athlete in the regional meet for the third straight time, taking home a pair of golds and two silvers.

Besana expressed hopes that he will be able to show improvement and join Yulo to the next world championships in Antwerp, Belgium in September.

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