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IOC Officials Visiting Rio Get Surprise Court Notice Over 2016 Golf Course Land Dispute

According to an unbylined AP story, IOC officials were "reportedly surprised at their hotel" by a court official notifying them of the legal dispute involving the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Sergio Antunes Lima Jr., the lawyer of the company which is claiming ownership of the area where the 2016 Rio committee says the golf course will be built, El Moutawakel and the other IOC members seemed confused when they were approached by the court official and there was a lot of discussion until lawyers from the 2016 Rio organising committee finally arrived.

Lima Jr., who said he was accompanying the court official, said Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Nuzman also arrived later.

The Rio committee, which last year went through the embarrassment of having to fire several employees who illegally downloaded files from British organisers during the London Games, said it was not involved in the court order and gave support to the IOC officials only because the document presented to them was in Portuguese and dealt with Brazilian law.

The document has been sent to Lausanne for forensic and legal analysis...

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Reader Comments (6)

I feel sorry for Gil Hanse. Nobody deserves to be caught between the Brazilian legal system and the IOC. Neither Kurt Vonnegut nor Franz Kafka could have imagined such a thing.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
They're going to struggle to have a putt putt course in place for 2016
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
"Let's call the whole thing off".
when you want a bribe, its best to write the demand note in the language of the recipient
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmails
Ky, as soon as the Brazil 2016 was announced I fully imagined this! I'm not surprised one bit. Some of my more pointed (and doubting) criticism was erased but I think there is plenty left out there! The entire Brazil Olympics are destined to go down in infamy...IMHO.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
I feel bad for Gil Hanse....building this place is going to take an act of biblical proportions and a bullet proof bulldozer.

They could always set up a Big Break window breaking showdown as a contingency shouldn't affect the ratings at all.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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