Olympic course progress worries golf chief

Posted at 03/27/14 6:39 PM

LONDON - The president of the International Golf Federation has voiced concerns over the sport's return to the Olympics, saying next year's test event is unlikely to take place because of delays in building the Rio 2016 course.

Peter Dawson said a recent visit to the Reserva de Marapendi site in Rio had convinced him construction work was behind schedule.

Last week International Olympic Committee (IOC) chiefs warned Brazil 2016 organisers that "every second counts" as worries continue to mount regarding a whole range of Games facilities.

"We are not satisfied," Dawson said Wednesday. "I was down there just recently and, while the design of the course looks really good, the progress with the construction is not where we want it to be.

"There have been so many revisions to the plan it's quite hard to say how far behind they are but I think we are going to struggle to get a test event a year before the Games.

"However, I still think it will be ready in time for the Olympics."

Dawson added: "Let me say that golf is not on its own here... Rio have got quite a few challenges ahead of them to get things done in time."

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