Carlos Yulo’s coach, Munehiro Kugimiya, has taken to social media on Monday, July 26, to claim responsibility for the athlete’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics performance.
Yulo qualified to the finals of only one Olympics gymnastics apparatus: the vault. He did not score enough points to compete in the finals of the rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, and the pommel horse events.
The 21-year-old world champion also finished in 44th place in his signature gymnastic event, the floor, wherein his 2019 World Championship win earned him the Tokyo Olympics ticket.
Amid the setbacks, Yulo’s coach of the past six years shared to their supporters that he's the one to blame.
"If you want to blame [someone], please say [it] to his coach. if you want to say waste, please say [it] to his coach. [I am] the person who [has] responsibility,” Kugiyama captioned.
“ [The athlete is always trying [his] best. Carloy is Carloy even though success or fail. [He is] one of my proud gymnasts," Kugiyama added. "If I'm not desirable as Philippine coach, just tell me. I'm here."
He furthered that Carlos is the hardest on himself, but the two are already looking forward to the next Olympic foray.
"I promise this experience [will] make him stronger than now...do not give up until the very end," the coach concluded.
Yulo is set to return to the mat for the vault apparatus finals on Aug. 2.
Photos from Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook account