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Rio Olympic golf course work can continue, judge orders

Rio Olympic golf course

FILE - This June 27, 2014 file photo, shows an aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic golf course under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic golf course faces an uncertain future after a court proposed Wednesday Sept. 3 2014, that the under-construction layout should be modified to meet environmental concerns. Judge Eduardo Klausner, hearing 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 proposal. Klausner said work on the course could continue, but no new areas of vegetation could be plowed under. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)


Work on the Rio Olympic golf course won’t be halted due to environmental concerns, a Brazil judge ruled Wednesday.

Construction delays have set back completing the course for the first Olympic golf tournaments since 1904. It is about 60 to 70 percent finished, according to reports.

A lawsuit was brought against the course developer in September, citing environmental concerns. The course construction could still be stopped in the future, if new evidence is brought forward, such as in an appeal.

An Olympic golf test event was originally hoped to be played one year before the Olympics but is now slated for late 2015 or early 2016.

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