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McGinley to lead golf team at Rio Olympics

Paul McGinley has been named as Team Leader of the Irish golf team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The upcoming Olympics will be the first time since 1904 that golf will be a participating sport and the Irish team will be hoping for success as world number one Rory McIlroy has decided to play for Ireland.

McGinley successfully captained the European Ryder Cup victory over the USA in September.

"It's a great honour to captain the golf team, hopefully we'll have a good team. I'll be the captain of both the men's and ladies' teams," Paul told the Herald.

"I see my role as working closely with the other team leaders and providing a real buffer between the Olympics and the players.


"Things from knowing the Olympic village to the team uniforms will fall under my remit," he added

Rugby will also be an Olympic sport for the first time in 2016 with Gillian McDarby as Team Captain.

Joseph Hennigan is the boxing captain and Kevin Ankrom will head up the athletics team.

Sports Minister Michael Ring announced this morning an allocation of €1m to support preparation for the 2016 games.