GAP President Cynthia Carrion — PHILIPPINE STAR FILE PHOTO

GYMNASTICS Association of the Philippines (GAP) President Cynthia Carrion won a spot to the powerful continental council representing Asia during the elections done by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in Antalya, Turkey.

Ms. Carrion emerged with the second highest votes among the five elected members of the council after garnering 25 votes, or just one short of top vote-getter Saqr Al-Mullah of Kuwait.

Srayuth Patanasak of Thailand, Ruslan Mustaev of Uzbekistan and Ita Yuliati of Indonesia were the other members.

Japanese Morinari Watanabe, who was head of the committee that ran boxing in the Tokyo Olympics, overwhelmingly won another term as FIG president during polls attended by 130 national federations.

Ms. Carrion and the new set of officers will serve from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2024.

A spot in the FIG council would be a big boost especially to the Philippines, which will have two-time world champion Carlos Yulo seeking to strike gold in the 2024 Paris Games. — JV