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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 122
S OMETIMES it’s all just too hard. Golf was already pushing an Olympic- sized barrow up Corcovado to have itself included in the 2016 Rio Games after a 112-year absence. There was the enduring and significant worldwide sentiment that an Olympic gold medal would never be the pinnacle of the sport and golf should therefore excuse itself from the battle to in Brazil. Then there was the fact that golf’s inclusion meant a founding and iconic Olympic sport, wrestling, missed out for the first time since 1896. Oh, and there was that small detail that there was no course that could host the tournament. Yet despite all the signs suggesting that golf would be wise to shelve its Olympic dream and focus on hosting the four majors it already knows it can nail, the Olympic movement forged on anyway. And now we’re here, less than two years out from the biggest sporting event in the world, and saddled with a golf tournament few really want, at a course so mired in delays and controversy that many believe it won’t be completed in time. Sure, we’ll probably be watching when it’s on in two years time, but that fleeting interest can’t be worth all of the pain that preceded it, can it? And then last week’s news hit. A judge gave Rio’s local government and the golf course developer five days — that’s right, just five days — to decide whether they’ll be happy to perform a little surgery on the course they’re building on the outskirts of Rio. No biggie, just moving three entire holes to allow for a wildlife corridor that local prosecutors are demanding in order to preserve a local nature reserve. OLYMPIC GOLF COURSE - NOVEMBER 2013 OLYMPIC GOLF COURSE - JULY 2014
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