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Rio boring apart from ticket row - Barnes

Ryan Nugent

Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30

A dejected Paddy Barnes after he lost his bout with Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain in Rio last month. Photo: Sportsfile
A dejected Paddy Barnes after he lost his bout with Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain in Rio last month. Photo: Sportsfile

Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes has said he did not know who Pat Hickey was before the Rio games but the alleged touting scandal provided a bit of "entertainment".

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The outspoken Belfast man slammed the conditions in the Olympic village in Rio and said that he was bored for much of his time in Brazil.

Barnes said his previous two Olympic experiences, in London and Beijing, were much better than Rio.

The two-time Olympic bronze medallist, who surprisingly lost his first bout at the Rio Olympics, spoke out as he confirmed his plans to turn pro.

"I hated Rio, the village was terrible. Beijing was amazing, London was amazing - but the Olympic village [in Rio] wasn't even finished. It was flooded half the time, it just wasn't nice," said Barnes in quotes reported on Paddy Power's website.

Barnes (29) also said the ticket-touting scandal did not affect any of the athletes but in fact added a bit of "entertainment" in an otherwise "boring" Olympic Village.

"It didn't affect the 80 or so athletes because, bar a few of them, we didn't even know who Pat Hickey was," exclaimed the boxer.

Barnes yesterday confirmed his intention to go pro. He said: "Now it's time to go pro, I've been in the amateurs too long and I want a new challenge."

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