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IGF "Very Concerned" Over Rio Golf Construction Delay scores an exclusive chat with International Golf Federation head Antony Scanlon, who is hoping to bring attention to the stalled Rio 2016 golf course project on the eve of the IOC Coordination Commission's visit to Rio.

“We are very concerned,” Scanlon admits to ATR. “The IGF are anxiously waiting for the necessary legislation to be passed at the next sitting of the Rio de Janeiro council and that all the required contracts, licenses and permits are issued and able to be executed immediately so that construction proper can commence as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile the Rio people responded by saying everything is A-okay, according to their communications director, Carlos Villanova.

"The Organizing Committee has been keeping IGF informed of all developments and counted on its expertise in several occasions, including the selection of the design for a new golf course.

"American designer Gil Hanse has already relocated to Rio as planned, to oversee the construction works.

"The necessary legislation has been voted by the Rio de Janeiro Council; hence the start of construction remains on track for April."

The project was originally slated to commence in October...of last year.

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Reader Comments (9)

Could wrestlers be behind the delays?
At least they pinned Hanse down.
02.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
i have $20 that says this toonamint is played on dirt spray painted green.
02.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmails
What's the rush? Kiawah was 18 stakes in a swamp 18 months before the ´91 Ryder Cup. Some might argue that it's still 18 stakes in a swamp, but you know what I mean.
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
If you remember this or not, Kiawah consturction was delayed and the Ryder Cup was then set for PGA West's Stadium course in the 1980''s--then the Savings and Loan scandal happened which took down Landmark.

(Or something to that effect. Please correct my errors any of you.)
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Strangelove
Well G-O-L-L-Y...!!!
02.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGomer Pyle
Yes, but it still got played!
02.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I love it when the Olympic bigshots get a bit nervous. There's got to be a bit of a tradeoff when you're part a team of the biggest freeloaders in the world.
Make 'em sweat a bit for their gourmet meals, first class tickets and 5 star hotels....

02.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDick Mahoon
Hard to believe that government regulation is slowing and preventing business from starting. i thought the more regulations the more protected and better off we were?
02.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

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