Rio 2016: Boxer Barnes taunts McIlroy with Wozniacki selfie


Ireland flagbearer Paddy Barnes has cheekily poked fun at Rory McIlroy's absence from Rio 2016, posting a selfie of himself with the golfer's former fiancee, Caroline Wozniacki.

Barnes has been among the stronger critics of McIlroy after the former world number one confirmed he would not travel to Brazil, citing fears over the Zika virus and his belief that major championships carry greater importance in golf than the Olympics.

McIlroy has since been taunted on Twitter by Barnes on several occasions, but the latter - a two-time Olympic bronze medallist - found a new angle after carrying Ireland's flag at Friday's opening ceremony.

The following day, Barnes shared a picture that showed him posing alongside Denmark flagbearer Wozniacki, whose engagement to McIlroy was broken off by the four-time major winner in May 2014.

Barnes wrote: "Hey @CaroWozniacki I think we make a great couple, what ya think @McIlroyRory."

On Friday, another member of Ireland's boxing team, Michael Conlan, had posted a picture of himself with golfer Rickie Fowler, accompanied by a caption that also mocked McIlroy's decision to skip the Olympics.

Barnes had said last month that McIlroy was "talking s***" when explaining his reasoning for missing the Games.

"It's just a money thing and I'd have more respect for them [golfers] if they came out and told the truth," said Barnes, in reference to the various players who will not participate in golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.

Later on Saturday, Barnes made light of his criticism of McIlroy, tweeting: "I'd say @McIlroyRory thinks I hate him, I don't haha I'm just bored and having the craic mate!"