Rio judge refuses to block Olympic golf course construction
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Rio judge refuses to block Olympic golf course construction

A Rio de Janeiro judge has rejected prosecutors’ request to halt construction at the Olympic golf course, clearing a major hurdle in the sport’s return to the games after a 112-year absence.

It was the second-consecutive legal defeat by prosecutors who claim the course is being built without the necessary environmental impact studies and other legal requirements.

Another judge had previously ordered changes to the course’s layout to attend to the environmental concerns, but also denied the request to put construction on hold. A work stoppage at this point could keep the course from being completed in time for the games.

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The local Olympic organizing committee has scheduled the first golf test event for November.

The judge’s decision was published on Tuesday, 500 days before the games begin.

Associated Press