Sailor Espey concerned by funding cut

Olympic sailing hopeful James Espey has said that a cut to his funding by Sport NI could threaten his hopes of competing at next year's Rio Games.

London Olympian Espey, 31, is among 23 sports people who will no longer get what is called "living costs" funding.

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Stephanie Meadow are among others who will lose the funding.

"It affects me quite badly. I may have to start using older equipment and maybe cut down on events. It makes an already tight budget even tighter and makes it 10 times harder," explained Espey.

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