Sunday 4 December 2016

First steps on Olympic odyssey - Irish athletes arrive in Rio

Robin Schiller

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Members of the Irish Olympic team – including boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes – on the Selaron Steps in Rio, Brazil, yesterday
Members of the Irish Olympic team – including boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes – on the Selaron Steps in Rio, Brazil, yesterday

Ireland's Olympic hopefuls have been taking in the sights of Rio in between their training regimes this week.

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The boxing, gymnastic and swimming teams were among the first Olympians to arrive in the Brazilian city, and despite objections being raised by certain nations, the Irish are happy with their accommodation and facilities in the Olympic village.

Irish Olympians - including Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes - were yesterday pictured with their team at various landmarks across the city, such as the Selaron Steps and the Copacabana beach.

The Australian Olympic team released a statement this week saying they were delaying their athletes' arrival at their accommodation in the Olympic village because of plumbing, electrical and gas problems.

Argentina and Belarus then expressed concern over the state of the athletes' village, indicating they will seek to house a number of their Olympians and officials elsewhere.

However, the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) had a different view, saying in a statement it was "delighted to confirm that the first Team Ireland athletes arrived last night at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village".

A spokesperson last night said the view of the village remains the same and that athletes were happy with the accommodation.

The spokesperson added that Irish teams had begun training in Rio ahead of the start of the Olympics on Friday, August 5.

Irish Independent

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