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Published: 13:02 | 27/4/16

Barnes named Ireland's flag bearer


Paddy Barnes will carry the Ireland flay at the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics.

Barnes won bronze for Ireland at the last two Olympic Games and he will be hoping to add gold to his previous two medals when he competes in the light-flyweight division in Brazil.

"I’m delighted to have been asked to carry the Irish flag into the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony," said Barnes, a two-time Olympic Games medal winner," Barnes said at an event to mark 100 days until the start of the Olympics.

"It’s an amazing feeling to represent Ireland at an Olympic Games and I’ve been lucky enough to experience it twice before already. Going to my third Olympic Games as the flag bearer for Team Ireland now is just an incredible honour.

"I will be going for gold in Rio in the ring but I will also have the responsibility of helping to build a really positive environment for all Irish athletes. I could not be more excited about the next 100 days.”

OCI President Patrick Hickey added: "I am delighted to announce that our hugely talented boxer Paddy Barnes has been selected as Team Ireland’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

"Paddy already has two Olympic medals to his name, and he’s a reigning Commonwealth Games champion. So we have high hopes of him bringing home another medal. More importantly, his commitment to the cause of Irish boxing and Irish sport makes him a role model for aspiring young athletes in Ireland and the natural choice as Ireland’s flag bearer."

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