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Funding announced for Rio hopefuls
30 Sep 2014 11:11
The Olympic Council of Ireland, in association with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, has announced scholarship support worth over €100,000 to help selected Irish athletes prepare for Rio 2016.
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Eight athletes in seven sports will benefit from the scholarship scheme, which will give the athletes a monthly grant towards training and preparation costs in their quest to qualify.
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Chloe & Dan Magee (badminton mixed doubles), Sanita Puspure (rowing), Liam Jegou (slalom canoeing), Bryan Keane (triathlon), Lisa Kearney (judo), Andrew Smith (gymnastics) and Natalya Coyle (modern pentathlon) will receive grants.
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President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey revealed an increase in the funding from the last Games: “We have worked very hard at international levels to ensure that Irish athletes benefit strongly from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity programme.
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“We are very pleased that for the Rio Olympics, we have almost doubled the scholarship funding for Team Ireland over the London Games grant.”
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The Olympic Council of Ireland will administer and monitor the scholarship programme.
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Kevin Kilty, the Chef de Mission for the Rio Games, said: “This is a real boost for Team Ireland on our Road to Rio programme.
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“These athletes are well deserving of all the support they need in quite difficult financial and competitive circumstances, and it’s great that the OCI has landed financial support of this magnitude.”
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