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Rio Olympic golf course faces potential changes

Rio Olympic golf course

The golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympics stands under construction in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood in this aerial photo taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said last month he intends to use the success of the World Cup as a shield against any skepticism about the Olympics, which will cost more than $15 billion in public and private spending. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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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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