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Team Ireland Confirm McIlroy Will Represent Ireland At 2020 Olympics

Neil Manchip, the Team Leader of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), has confirmed that Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland, if selected, for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Manchip highlighted his delight at McIlroy’s commitment to representing Ireland in a statement released on Wednesday. “We are delighted that Rory has signalled his intention to compete  for Ireland at …

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Where To Next For Women’s Rugby?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Charlotte Caslick of Australia is tackled by Sarah Goss of New Zealand during the Women's Gold Medal Rugby Sevens match between Australia and New Zealand on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Stadium on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in Rio this year was undoubtedly crucial towards the progression of women’s rugby, but can we expect to see the same progress as seen in women’s football after its first inclusion in the Olympics back in Atlanta 1996? 19 years on from Atlanta the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada attracted audiences of up to …

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Twitter Delighted As Paul O’Donovan Claims Gold At The World Rowing Championships

Twitter was all about ‘pulling like a dog’ on Saturday as Paul O’Donovan claimed gold at the World Rowing Championships, just weeks after secured silver alongside his brother Gary at the Rio Olympics. Rowing solo in the A final of the men’s lightweight single sculls in Rotherdam, the Cork native crossed the finish line an impressive four seconds ahead of Hungary’s Peter Galambos and …

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Thomas Barr All Smiles Once Again As He Graduates From His Masters At UL

Fresh from his record-breaking run and narrow medal miss in the 400m hurdles Olympic final in Rio, Thomas Barr was centre stage for a very different reason on Friday. The Waterford was awarded a Masters Degree in Sports Performance from the University of Limerick, just over a week after his sensational run in Brazil made him a household name across Ireland. During the ceremony in …

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Done Deal: Arsenal Striker Joins Stuttgart On Season-Long Loan

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - JULY 04: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Takuma Asano of Sanfrecce Hiroshima poses for photographs during a press conference announcing his move to Arsenal on July 4, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Arsenal have today confirmed that striker Takuma Asano has joined German side VfB Stuttgart on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old only signed for the club this summer, in a reported £5m deal from J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, but his failure to obtain a work permit meant that he was unable to play for the Gunners this season. As such, in much the same …

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Australian Sevens Players Read ‘Riot Act’ Following Drunken Escapades At Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Australia players look dejected in defeat after the Men's Rugby Sevens placing 5-8 match between Argentina and Australia on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia Olympics boss Kitty Chiller has confirmed that she has had to read the ‘riot act’ to the Australian Sevens players following an alcohol fueled night which led to the players staggering back to the Olympic village at 9am Saturday morning, leaving many officials bemused. Before these Olympics, Chiller had adamantly made the point to all competing Australian athletes that non …

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What Has Olympic Sevens Meant For Smaller Nations?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Silver medalists Great Britain, gold medalists Fiji and bronze medalists South Africa pose during the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

One of the things that World Rugby was hoping for most with the inclusion of sevens into the Olympics was the spread of the game throughout the world. Sevens is a bit more accessible than 15s, simply because of the numbers, yet the speed and the skill required do make it an exciting game. In a country like Denmark, Sevens …

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Olympic Sevens Team Of The Tournament Unveiled

Rugby - Olympics: Day 6

Fiji were last night crowned Olympic Champions. Even the most die hard team GB fan appreciated the significance of Fiji’s triumph last night. Even before the game, stories emerged detailing how some of their players turned down lucrative contracts in order to represent the island nation at the Olympics. Although some questioned whether or not the weight of expectation might get …

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Did Fiji’s Captain Propose After Winning Olympic Gold?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Osea Kolinisau of Fiji holds off Tom Mitchell of Great Britain to score a try during the Men's Rugby Sevens Gold medal final match between Fiji and Great Britain on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

For those who bothered to keep watching after the medals were handed out following the Olympics sevens final, there was one more spark that made the showpiece occasion so touching. After already endearing themselves to the rugby world, there seemed to be another moment following the conclusion of the game on Thursday night that could remain with us for a …

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Doping In Sport Back Under The Spotlight As Olympic Games Approach

The most surprising thing about the ongoing Russian drug scandal is that people seem surprised. Sport moves from one drugs exposé to the next, with each being labelled the most shocking yet. The federations involved make the right noises about getting their houses in order before WADA pleads for more money in order to catch the endless stream of cheats. Media commentators write …

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Paddy Barnes Facing Trouble With Paddy Power

Olympic Council Of Ireland Media Briefing : 100 Days Out from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Conrad Hotel, Dublin 27/4/2016 Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag-bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Can you blame an amateur boxer from trying to make a few quid? Two-time Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes is set to box at light flyweight in the Rio Olympics. While professional boxers are now eligible to compete at the Olympics for the first time, hopes are high for the Team Ireland boxers. Of Ireland’s 29 Olympic medals to date, the boxers …

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Rory McIlroy Confirms He Won’t Compete At Rio Olympics Over Zika Fears

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy has announced that he won’t compete at this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil due to his concerns over the Zika virus. In a statement the Holywood native said that “my health and my family’s health comes before anything else.” “Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is concerned low, it is a risk nonetheless and …

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Sevens: Will Paris Champions Samoa Make The Olympics?

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 15: Alefosio Tapili of Samoa passes the ball during the match between Samoa and Fiji during the HSBC Paris Sevens at Stade Jean Bouin on May 15, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images for HSBC)

On Sunday Samoa shocked everyone in the sevens game by beating Fiji in the final of the Paris Sevens. Samoa were 26-7 behind after just ten minutes, however by the conclusion of the match they were astonishingly 29-26 ahead. It was a massive upset, but there is another aspect to their victory. Fiji were too defeated in the Singapore tournament, that time by Kenya. However, the …

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