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SBD/April 14, 2014/Olympics
Concerns Growing More Serious That Rio Will Not Be Ready For '16 Games
Published April 14, 2014
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LATE FOR TEE TIME: GOLF WORLD MONDAY's Dave Shedloski notes the Brazil Open, a part of the NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamerica, has been "identified as the test event in preparation" for the '16 Olympic tournament. The event is scheduled to be "played on the Gil Hanse-designed Olympic course in the fall of 2015 -- though sources say preparations are being made to seek an alternate test site given the interminable construction delays at the Olympic layout." Hanse thinks a recent visit from the IOC "might have done enough to light a fire under the developer to complete the layout by this November, a slightly better outlook than recent estimates" (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 4/14).
INCOMPLETE JOURNEY: In N.Y., Simon Romero in a front-page piece noted as Brazil "sprints to get ready for the World Cup in June, it has run up against a catalog of delays, some caused by deadly construction accidents at stadiums, and cost overruns." It is building "bus and rail systems for spectators that will not be finished until long after the games are done." But the World Cup projects are "just a part of a bigger national problem casting a pall over Brazil's grand ambitions: an array of lavish projects conceived when economic growth was surging that now stand abandoned, stalled or wildly over budget" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/13).