TWO-TIME world gymnastics champion Carlos “Caloy” Yulo is finally coming back home after more than two years.

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion yesterday said Mr. Yulo would fly back to the country either on Jan. 29 or middle of March after staying in Japan to train since late 2019.

Ms. Carrion said Mr. Yulo’s arrival would coincide with the opening of the new gym they are putting up for members of the national gymnastics squad.

“We will open a new gym with him either Jan. 29 or middle of March,” said Ms. Carrion.

Mr. Yulo was supposed to have his homecoming this Holiday Season but was forced to postpone it due to the Omicron scare.

“Caloy’s (Mr. Yulo) not here due to Omicron scare in Japan. No foreigners can enter Japan and as Caloy is a foreigner, he cannot return and will miss his classes and have a 14-day quarantine,” said Ms. Carrion.

Mr. Yulo’s return was a long time coming after traveling straight to Japan after competing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games where he copped two gold and five silver medals.

He was there to train for the Tokyo Games where he missed a medal early this year.

But Mr. Yulo redeemed himself several months later after hauling a vault gold and a parallel bars silver in the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

And Mr. Yulo deserves a vacation after putting in the work in the last couple of years. — Joey Villar