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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 122
“The defendants must say in five days whether they will immediately remove holes 12, 14 and 15 and relocate them in a way that allows for the preservation of the reserve,” judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said. Everyone should probably be grateful that at least someone is finally putting a short timeframe on something being completed. But let’s assume the developers and local government, as expected, reject the proposed changes that are arguably impossible to implement in time for the Olympics. What then? More than likely a continuing legal dispute that will then have to be ruled on, which will almost certainly produce more delays to the course’s construction. Why the push to relocate the three holes only emerged last month, when the course was 60 per cent completed, is anyone’s guess, but it’s something those behind golf’s Olympic push can ill afford. Don’t forget that the Olympics runs test events at all of its venues to ensure things run smoothly when the big show rolls in. And while the course may, with a bit of luck, be completed in time for the 2016 Games, the odds of the test event going ahead late next year are getting slimmer by the day. So, too, are the chances of ironing out the kind of problems experienced at the recent FIFA World Cup. You know, small issues like potentially fatal flaws in the slap- dash stairs constructed at the stadiums, or the walls collapsing at the media centre. As they say, it’s hard to find good people. If the stars of world golf do arrive at Rio, and the course is in fact finished and polished with swathes of crowds actually turn up to see it, the Olympic golf tournament could well offer a spectacle worth tuning into. But given the drama befitting an episode of EastEnders or Neighbours that’s accompanied the entire process, will it all be worth it? Let’s just say that Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Co. would want to play the greatest golf in history. OTG “THE DEFENDANTS MUST SAY IN FIVE DAYS WHETHER THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY REMOVE HOLES 12, 14 AND 15 AND RELOCATE THEM IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE RESERVE.”
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