Irish squad before departure to Rio yesterday

Irish squad before departure to Rio yesterday

The Irish male Olympic squad arrived in Rio,host city for the 2016 Olympics, in the early hours of this morning after a long journey from Dublin.

Irish head coach Zaur Antia confirmed that the panel will have a light session amongst themselves today and begin a training camp with the host nation and the USA tomorrow before moving into the Olympic village on July 29. Male boxing begins on August 6.

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Katie Taylor joins the squad on August 2nd. Women’s boxing is not scheduled to begin until August 12.

286 boxers – 250 males and 36 females – compete at each Olympics.

Three professional boxers have also qualified for Rio, marking the first time that pro fighters will compete at the Olympics, whch debuted as an Olympic event in 1904 in St Louis, in the history of the sport.

Rio is four hours behind Ireland.


Irish 2016 Olympic Boxing Squad

49kg Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg Michael Conlan (Clonard)
60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy & AIBA Pro Boxing)
69kg Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate & AIBA Pro Boxing)

Team manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, John Conlan
Physio: Julianne Ryan

Ireland’s (Boxing) flag bearers at the Olympics

2016 Paddy Barnes
2012 Katie Taylor
1996 Francie Barrett
1988 Wayne McCullough
1968 Jim McCourt
1956 Tony Byrne
1928 Matt Flanagan