AroundtheRings.com 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.