IOC: 'Situation under control' with Olympic Course

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The International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission made its seventh trip to Rio earlier this month to assess the progress being made at various venues that will be used during the 2016 Olympics, including the Gil Hanse-designed golf course, and left Brazil with cautious optimism.

Although IOC officials stressed that the schedule remains tight for the completion of many venues, “the Rio team clearly demonstrated that they had the situation under control,” officials announced in a press release.

During the three-day meeting officials visited the Olympic Golf Course, which has been beset by numerous delays and the threat of more legal wrangling and possible construction delays, and came away pleased with the progress.

Last month environmentalists challenged the current layout of the course and lobbied a judge to alter the routing before any more damage is done to the Atlantic rainforest area.

“This is the second time the same thing has come up. All our legal people we talk to down there say that this is a red herring. It's a political situation in that area in Rio,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said at the Tour Championship.

“The mayor's office thinks this is a distraction. So our own people are comfortable on the ground and the people we work with down there, and the Olympic Committee seem to be all reasonably relaxed about it.”