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Life's a beach down Rio way

By Robin Schiller

Published 28/07/2016

Happy as sand boys: Irish Olympians, including Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, soak up the sun on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach yesterday
Happy as sand boys: Irish Olympians, including Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, soak up the sun on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach yesterday

Ireland's Olympic hopefuls, including Belfast boxers Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes, have been taking in the sights of Rio in between their training regimes ahead of the Games beginning in eight days' time.

The boxing, gymnastic and swimming teams were among the first to arrive in the Brazilian city, and and were yesterday pictured at various landmarks across the city, including Copacabana beach.

Despite objections being raised by certain nations, the Irish also declared themselves happy with their accommodation and facilities in the Olympic village.

The Australian and Belarus teams have expressed concern over the state of the athletes' village, citing plumbing, electrical and gas problems.

However, the Olympic Council of Ireland said in a statement it was 'delighted' to arrive in the village and that athletes were happy with the accommodation.

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