MANILA, Philippines — World class Japanese coach Hiraoki Sato has shown interest in the younger brother of world champion gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo – Karl Eldrew – and promised to hire him after he retires from his Japan national coaching duties.
Sato spotted 14-year-old Yulo when the former visited the country earlier this year and promised to take the latter under his team and train him in Australia after the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“He (Sato) told me ‘when I come to Australia, bring him to me and I will teach him,'” said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion, who shared her speech with the Japanese coach.
Sato, of course, is the Japanese men’s artistic gymnastics coach and is the personal mentor of former world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, who happens to be the idol of Eldrew’s older brother Caloy.
Eldrew, for his part, was excited to make the national team.
He will have to wait for his chance as he can only wear the national colors at the age of 18, which is still four years away.
“My dream is to be with my brother in the 2028 (Los Angeles) Olympics,” Eldrew said. For now, Eldrew is happy standing at 4-11 and an inch taller than Caloy. “I’m now taller than him by an inch because I stopped training for a few months. But now I’m back to rehearsal, said young Yulo.JC
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