Report: Rio course construction could be halted


Construction of the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro may be facing another road block.

Just weeks after workers began to lay grass on the ground that will host golf's re-introduction to the Olympics in 2016, an AP report indicates that prosecutors in Brazil may bring construction to a halt over environmental questions.

According to the report, developers may need to produce proof that they are following certain environmental regulations and other Brazilian laws in order to avoid an ill-timed work stoppage. A Rio spokesman confirmed the inquiry to the Associated Press, though he described it as more of an issue of simpily producing necessary paperwork.

"The state prosecutor is asking for the papers to show the work is proceeding according to the law," said spokesman Mario Andrada. "We believe all the rules are being followed."

Course construction is already behind schedule in Rio, and both course architect Gil Hanse and International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson have recently lamented a lack of progress. Last month, IOC vice president John Coates also voiced concern, calling the overall preparations in Rio "the worst I have experienced."

Hanse recently told the Associated Press that he expects the course to be fully grassed by November and playable midway through 2015, with the course expected to be "tournament ready" in time to host a test event a few months before the Olympics begin in August 2016.