POSTED: March 6th 2012
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2016 Rio golf course designer to be revealed

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TAMPA: The course designer for the Rio 2016 Olympics golf venue will finally be decided tomorrow as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in the host city for the first coordination commission meeting of the year.

The IOC coordination commission, led by Nawal El Moutawakel together with IOC executive director Gilbert Felli, will be in the city to assess progress with the preparations for the Rio 2016 Games.

There are eight finalists competing for the honor to design the first Olympic golf venue in a century. They are: Gary Player Design, Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Hanse Golf Design, Hawtree Ltd., Nicklaus Design, Renaissance Golf, Robert Trent Jones II and Thomson-Perret Golf Course Architects.

A golf selection committee has vetted all the proposals and the local organizers are very interested to create a new legacy around golf tourism in the Brazilian city. The location for the course is the Barra da Tijuca district and following the Games the course might be opened to the public. But it is not certain so early on with the business model for the facility.

Golf won a place on the Olympic program in 2009 for the 2016 and 2020 Games so it is very important this first debut in Rio de Janeiro. The last time the sport was competed in the Olympics was the St. Louis Games in 1904. In 2017 the IOC will decide again to either keep golf on the program or delete sports looking toward the 2024 Games.


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