There will be a strong Donegal representation at the second European Games in Minsk next month.
Four players from Donegal have been included in the Irish badminton team, which travels for the games in Belarus.
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today named a squad of 65 athletes from nine sports to compete in the second edition of the European Games.
Competition runs from June 21 – 30 and will feature 15 sports, eight of which are part of the Road to Tokyo 2020 qualification process. Team Ireland will field teams in Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Judo and Shooting.
Siblings Chloe Magee, Sam Magee and Joshua Magee, together with their niece Rachael Darragh, will make up four of the six-person Irish team.
Tir Chonaill AC’s Kelly McGrory has been named as a reserve on the athletics selection.
The European Games in Minsk will see over 4000 athletes from 50 countries compete across 200 events. Irish athletes will be competing in five of the eight sports that are part of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification process; archery, athletics, badminton, cycling road, judo and shooting.
Olympic Federation of Ireland Chef de Mission, Tricia Heberle said,
“Minsk will provide an exciting opportunity for Team Ireland to come together in a multi-sport environment to compete against some of the best talent in Europe, providing a measure to gauge where they stand. As an athlete you don’t get many chances to compete for your country in multi-sport events so it will be a good learning experience for many of the team as we prepare for Tokyo 2020.”
The first of the Team Ireland athletes will travel to Minsk on June 19. The Opening Ceremony takes place on June 21. At the team preparation day on June 7 official Olympic Federation of Ireland sponsor FBD will announce the flag-bearer.Tags: