Sunday 23 October 2016

Delight for Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan as they secure sponsorship for Rio push

Published 12/05/2016 | 16:06

Michael Conlan, left, and Paddy Barnes with their bronze medals from the London Olympics
Michael Conlan, left, and Paddy Barnes with their bronze medals from the London Olympics

Olympic medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan has secured sponsorship as they ramp up their preparations for the Rio Olympics in August.

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Two-time bronze medallist Barnes and reigning European and World champion Conlan have been actively searching for a sponsor in recent times and Flogas have answered the call.

Speaking at the Web Summit last November, Conlan spoke about how he would turn pro after the Olympics and the difficulty he had in obtaining a sponsor.

“It consumes a lot of time, in my head more than anything. I am worried about my next bills and stuff, it is tough but you just have to keep going,” Conlan said at the time.

“You have to put that stuff to the back of your head when you are competing.

“But it always comes back after a competition because you are thinking ‘are we going to get some support here, are we going to get some sponsorship'? Unfortunately I haven’t got any yet but hopefully I will have some for Rio.

"After that it's professional boxing for me. I have always said that."

Speaking about the sponsorship announcement, Barnes said: “I know there has been some surprise in media circles recently at the lack of sponsors that were supporting sportsmen like myself, despite boxing’s high profile in recent years. It’s fantastic that Flogas have come on board to support us both, and my young family & I are very grateful for their support.”

Conlan added: “This sponsorship deal from Flogas is a great boost to us, and we are very grateful to them for putting their faith in us. It’s a very important year for me personally, and it really helps to be able to have the financial support of a company such as Flogas. I’m looking forward to working with the Flogas teams in Drogheda and Belfast over the course of 2016 and helping them with their promotional activity in any way I can.”

John Rooney, managing director, Flogas Ireland, said, “We’re delighted to have Michael and Paddy as brand ambassadors.  They are both widely respected and very popular sportsmen with the Irish public. Their track records speak for themselves, they are a credit to their families, to boxing and Irish sport in general”

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