RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's mayor has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings.
Eduardo Paes on Wednesday unveiled the largely completed course to a group of journalists. The course had been kept strictly under wraps for more than a year, during construction.
A small group of environmental activists staged a protest outside the course, which was partially carved out of a nature reserve.
They contend that Paes spearheaded the course's construction in order to favor a campaign donor, a developer who is building luxury residential towers alongside the course.
In a two-hour presentation, Paes insisted the course is in strict accordance with the law.