Golf official worried by Rio Olympic course delays

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 11:21 am •  Published: March 27, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Construction on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro remains way behind schedule, putting in jeopardy a planned test tournament next year, according to the head of the International Golf 'Federation.

"We are not satisfied," IGF President Peter Dawson said. "I was down there (in Rio) just recently, and while the design of the course looks really good, the progress with the construction is not where we want it to be."

"There are no green shoots on the course yet — unless they are weeds," he said.

The course at Venue Reserva de Marapendi, designed by American architect Gil Hanse, has been plagued by delays over land rights and construction holdups. The course was originally scheduled to be completed by 2014.

With golf returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, the IGF had planned to stage a test tournament in Rio next year. The IOC requires local organizers to stage test events for each sport a year ahead of each games.

But the golf test event may not take place.

"There have been so many revisions in the plan it's quite hard to say how far behind they are, but I think we are going to struggle to get a test event a year before the games," Dawson told reporters Wednesday in St. Andrews, Scotland. "I'm not writing that off completely, but we have to recognize that might be difficult."