Carlos Yulo has returned to Japan to resume his training for the Tokyo Olympics and heal a cut on the hand he sustained in a gymnastics competition in Azerbaijan over the weekend.
Yulo intentionally skipped his pet floor exercise event where he emerged the world champion in Stuttgart, Germany last year to hide his brand new routine that he is expected to perform in Tokyo. Instead, the pocket-sized 20-year-old Leveriza, Manila native competed in the parallel bars and vault where she suffered the cut.
The finals, originally set for Sunday, were then cancelled as all participants were sent home due to the pandemic.
Even though Yulo’s performance was off, his true intention was just to scout the opposition and gauge their real strength.
Yulo is the country’s best hope to end the long wait for the elusive first Olympic gold following a performance to remember in Stuttgart where he booked a spot to the summer games.