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Barnes: ‘If I don’t medal in Rio, I’ll be in a dole line’

Olympic medallist says he has seen very few financial gains from his achievements

21st February, 2016
Olympic boxing medallist Paddy Barnes has sharply criticised state support for elite sports Picture: Inpho

Leading Irish sports figures have hit out at the lack of state support for elite-level sport.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring last week announced an increase in the 2016 sports budget to €27 million, with €10.25 million going to high-performance sport.

But elite boxer and double Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes said he had seen very few financial gains from his achievements.

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