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Rio Olympic golf course faces potential changes

Sep 3, 2014, 8:34 PM EST

Rio Olympic golf course Getty Images

The under-construction Rio Olympic golf course faces court-proposed modifications to meet environmental concerns, according to reports.

A lawsuit was brought against the course developer and the city of Rio de Janeiro in court Wednesday, according to reports. Environmentalists and biologists voiced concerns detailed by The Associated Press.

The judge ordered that the sides return Sept. 17 for the course developer and city of Rio to decide if they could accept a proposal, according to the AP.

Construction of the course has not been stopped, “but no new areas of vegetation could be plowed under,” the AP reported.

The course has faced construction delays over the past few years. Grass is not fully grown on the layout for the sport’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. The aerial picture to the right of the Olympic golf course was dated Aug. 22.

In July, International Golf Federation vice president Ty Votaw said the hope was to hold a test event on the course in late 2015 or early 2016. It was originally hoped the test event could be held a year before the Olympics.

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  1. mogogo1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Judging by the photo I’d say the environmentalists were a bit late. There’s a tiny swath of trees left, water on two sides of the course, skyscrapers on the inland side, and a major roadway at the bottom of the picture.

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