Olympic Course Will Be Ready Says Nuzman

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Golf Federation (IGF) have both expressed concerns in recent months over construction delays to the venue, which will see Rio host the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

The course, dreamt up by US-based Hanse Golf Course Design will be built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, the district that will contain the largest number of Olympic Games venues, and promises to be amongst the most picturesque in the world.

However construction work, due to commence last year, has still not started.

Speaking on the Golf Channel, course designer Gil Hanse has stated that his team is "right up against the deadline now" to get the layout ready for test tournaments scheduled for 2015, while IGF executive director Antony Scanlon has admitted that they are "very concerned" over the construction delays.

The delays have been caused due to legal disputes over the ownership of the land where the course will be built. But Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman has stepped in to claim all legal disputes have now been settled and that the golf course will be delivered on schedule.

"We have signed the contract with the owner of the land so we are in control of the project and have already started.” Said Nuzman.

"It is not something that is completely to do with the Organising Committee as it is also a matter for the Government but it is definitely all sorted and we will certainly have the golf course ready on time."

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