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, Paul McGinley, Michael Ring, T.D., Minister of State for Sport and Tourism and Pat Hickey, President, Olympic Council of Ireland. Westbury Hotel, Dublin

, Paul McGinley, Michael Ring, T.D., Minister of State for Sport and Tourism and Pat Hickey, President, Olympic Council of Ireland. Westbury Hotel, Dublin

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Rory McIlroy

Paul McGinley has declared the Irish golf team for the 2016 Olympic Games will be going for gold if the team's top players keep their form until Rio.

Paul was named as team captain yesterday and says that if players like Rory McIlroy and Stephanie Meadow maintain their current progress, the Irish team will be in with a good chance in Brazil.

"It's brilliant, we've got the number one player in the world and we have golf back in the Olympics so it's an opportunity as golfers to add to the haul of medals that hopefully we'll have from Rio," he told the Herald.

The Dubliner also admitted he is "going into the unknown" with the role despite his experience of captaining Europe to Ryder Cup glory in September.

"It's very different. When I stepped up to the Ryder Cup captaincy I'd been a player three times and vice-captain twice, so I knew what the role was and what the job would entail.

"My job for Rio is to make things as seamless as possible for the players," he added.

He also admitted that he was delighted that Rory (25) decided to play for Ireland rather than the UK.

"As with Irish people, I'm delighted in his decision. It wasn't an easy one for him to make and whatever his decision was going to be we were going to support it," he said.

Qualification to compete at golf at the Olympic Games will be based on world ranking as of July 11 2016, with a total of 60 players qualifying in each of the men's and women's events.

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