On Going Legal Dispute Over Olympic Golf Course
The International Olympic Committee has been officially notified about a legal dispute over the ownership of the site of the planned 2016 Olympic golf course. A court official visited the hotel where IOC officials were staying Wednesday to have the president of the coordination commission for the 2016 Games, Nawal El Moutawakel, sign the order notifying her and the IOC of the dispute.
The dispute arose as two separate companies claim ownership of the land. The Games organizers said they received guarantees from the current owner but, according to The Associated Press, a judge has already said that any contracts made over the land will eventually be deemed illegal and nullified in case a court ruling goes against him.
The International Olympic Committee and 2016 Rio committee have downplayed issues related to the course as golf prepares to make its return to the Games for the first time in 110 years. There has been no comment from the IOC relating to the latest chapter in this saga however Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said "It was a notification just to show that they are still fighting for the land," "Nothing changes right now."