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Rio 2016 golf course construction blocked

Oct 12, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

Tiger Woods AP

Construction of the Rio Olympic golf course has been blocked due to a legal dispute regarding ownership of the site’s land, but Rio organizers said in a statement Thursday that they are confident “all deadlines for the golf course construction will be met” and that the delay won’t affect scheduled test events.

“Construction hasn’t started but that is not to say that work hasn’t been done,” International Golf Federation VP Ty Votaw told the AP. “Work has begun on a number of fronts, including the course design and the clubhouse project. A number of things have already been done behind the scenes.”

The dispute over ownership of the land will basically start over in appeals court after Brazil’s Higher Court of Justice said a Rio tribunal was wrong in denying an appeal to company Elmway Participacoes against entrepreneur Pasquale Mauro. The city claims Mauro has shown documentation to prove ownership.

American designer Gil Hanse had planned to start working on the site this month, and told the Washington Post that any changes to the location of the course will cause significant design changes.