The Japanese Embassy on Tuesday signed a grant of 7 million pesos for the advancement of a training center that the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) will open in the city of Calamba.
Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa signed the grant during an official ceremony at the Japanese Embassy recently along with GAP President Cynthia Carrion-Norton and International Gymnastics Federation President Morinari Watanabe of Japan and Commissioner of the Philippine Athletic Commission, Dr. Celia Kiram, as guests.
The grant was made possible through the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GACGP). It aims to improve GAP’s training environment with facilities for a new generation of young Filipino champions.
The grant includes apparatus such as parallel bars, vault, rings, balance beams, pommel horse and mats, some of which were used in the Tokyo Olympics.
After the exceptional performances of Carlos Yulo, trained in Japan, at the world championships where he won gold medals in floor exercise (2019) and vault (2021) and at the Tokyo Games, the collaboration hopes to offer children opportunities to enjoy gymnastics and become future champions. of sports.
Also present at the signing ceremony were Department of Education Schools Division Superintendent Susan Oribiana and Calamba General Duty Officer Noemi Talatala.
The GACGP was introduced in 2000, expanding the scope of the cultural grant which provides carefully planned assistance to directly benefit the so-called grassroots level in developing countries through assistance to non-governmental organizations and local public bodies.