Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic golf course faces an uncertain future after a court proposed Wednesday that the under-construction layout should be modified to meet environmental concerns.
Judge Eduardo Klausner, ruling on a lawsuit brought against the city of Rio de Janeiro and the course developer, said the defendants had to return on Sept. 17 to say if they could accept the court’s proposal. Klausner said work on the course could continue, but no new areas of vegetation could be plowed under.
Golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years was to be a centerpiece of the Rio de Janeiro Games. But the course has been plagued by legal challenges over land ownership, questions about its location in a nature reserve and other delays that date back almost five years.