Hoping to intensify and fast-track the development of local gymnasts, Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) has tapped Japanese Kugimiya Munehiro to coach the national team.
The 29 year-old former national gymnast from Japan arrived in Manila last week, and has since then started working with the men’s artistic gymnastics squad training.
Prior to accepting the coaching job in the Philippines, coach Kugimiya Munehiro was coaching for four years at the Juntendo University, a private university in Tokyo popular in health and sports science.
“To widen our base of gymnasts, we want to inspire more children to get into the sport,” said GAP president Cynthia Carrion.
“But we cannot be entirely dependent on government funds in pursuing our goals to make our gymnasts at par with the best in the world. For this, we are intensifying our efforts to get more sponsors to support us,” she added.
The move to hire Kumigiya Munehiro was realized through the help of Zippy Action Sports, Good Works and Mission Foundation, and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Gymnastics is one of the sports that is not included in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. With our national gymnastics team under the cudgel of coach Munehiro, GAP is hopeful to have do well in 2015 SEA Games.