The Olympic Council of Ireland has selected athletes from 10 sports in its first tranche of entries to the inaugural European Games being held in Baku, Azerbaijan in June.
Well known Olympians such as Katie Taylor, Derek Burnett, Chloe Magee, Scott Evans and Aileen Reid are in the initial squad of 36 announced today (April 23) and the OCI expects to eventually field a squad of over 60 athletes to compete in 13 sports at the Games.
With selections in mens boxing, cycling, canoeing and gymnastics still to come, Chef de Mission Dermot Henihan is confident of a number of podium finishes for Team Ireland. “It’s a pleasure to see so many athletes and sports qualifying for the Games. They join over 6,000 athletes from 50 European nations in the chase for medal success”, he commented.
Pat Hickey, President of the OCI and the prime mover in the development of the European Games concept in his role as President of the European Olympic Committees, said it was an excellent addition to Ireland’s sporting calendar. “With many of the sports offering Olympic qualification possibilities for Rio 2016, these inaugural Games have caught the sporting imagination throughout the Continent and will be a superb and inspiring event”, he said.
TEAM IRELAND – BAKU 2015 (initial selection):
Sinead Cuthbert Cunningham, Darren Wallace
Chloe Magee, Josh Magee, Rachel Darragh, Sarah Boyle, Scott Evans, Sam Magee
Basketball (3×3) –
Niamh Dwyer, Grainne Dwyer, Suzanne Maguire, Orla O’Reilly
Katie Taylor, Michaela Walsh, Ciara Smith
Rory McEvoy, Mona McSharry, Rachel Bethel, Danielle Hill, Emma Reid, Andrew Moore, James Brown, Benjamin Doyle, Alan Corby, Niamh Kilgallen, Kate Baguley, Iseult Hayes
Aileen Reid, Russell White, Aaron O’Brien
Alex Dolly, Soslan Tuaev.