Cabrera unsure if Rio could host Olympic golf

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With just days before the International Olympic Committee’s decision on the inclusion of golf and rugby sevens in the Olympics for 2016, there may be a fly in the ointment.

Is there a suitable course in Rio - or Brazil - to handle a major golf event? According to a two-time major winner from South America, the answer is no.

“There are not any in Rio right now,” Argentina's Angel Cabrera said when asked about golf courses that could handle the Olympics.

Cabrera went on to say that there may be some logistical challenges for Brazil to host golf as an Olympic sport.

“They would probably have to build (a course),” Cabrera said.

If a course had to be built, Rio’s Olympic budget could go up as much as $6 million.

Will this hurt the inclusion of golf? It’s hard to say. Stay tuned. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.