Rio 2016 Olympic golf course has construction permits
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Rio 2016 Olympic golf course has construction permits

Maybe Gil Hanse can finally get to work moving dirt in Rio.

The organizing committee for the 2016 Olympic Games announced Thursday it now has "all necessary permits have now been issued in order to allow construction work to begin on the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games as scheduled."

Well, that's a relief.

The land on which the Olympic course is set to be built has been the subject of land disputes since the space was announced. While the announcement that all permits have been obtained is helpful, it does not seem clear that all land ownership disputes have been settled.

The hope of the International Olympic Committee and the International Golf Federation is to have the course ready for a test event in 2015, ahead of golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.

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