Paddy Barnes: I don't want to see McIlroy represent Ireland at Olympics
Published 18/06/2014 | 16:43
Irish Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes has said that he would prefer not to see Rory McIlroy represent Ireland at the Olympics after questioning his commitment on social media.
McIlroy put an end to speculation surrounding his allegiances for the 2016 Olympics by declaring that he would represent Ireland.
The golfer insisted it was a decision he had to take time to make but was proud to choose Ireland having been repeatedly linked with representing Great Britain in the next Olympics.
"I see this as a continuation of what I have always done," the Northern Ireland-born star said.
McIlroy received a round of applause from the assembled Irish media when he made his announcement at the Irish Open press conference in Fota Resort in Cork.
However 27-year-old Barnes, who claimed bronze medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics, is not convinced that McIlroy has shown enough commitment to represent Ireland and shared his opinion on Twitter today.
2 years to the Olympics and already we know who the Flag Bearer is......Rory Mcilroy....— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) June 18, 2014
Ireland's golf team should be- Shane Lowry, Graham McDowell and Padraig Harrington!— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) June 18, 2014
The reason I don't like Mcilroy representing Ireland at the Olympics is because he doubted going for Ireland, you should be proud to!— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) June 18, 2014