Swimming Pool At Kalinga Stadium Closed For Indefinite Period

**Bhubaneswar:** In a major setback to the budding swimmers of the capital city, the State Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry has taken a decision to close down the main swimming pool and the diving pool of the Kalinga Stadium to re-model it for the upcoming Hockey World Cup in 2018.
Officially, all the activities of the pool were shut down from Wednesday.

BJD MP from Dhenkanal, Tathagata Satpathy expressed his concerns regarding this on his twitter handle.

Meanwhile, the officials are trying to downplay the whole episode. According to the State Sports Secretary Vishal Dev, the closing of the swimming pool is just a temporary arrangement as there will be setting up of a Spector stand for the hockey tournament. The swimming pool will be re-opened after few months.

According to the sources, the swimming pool will be first destroyed for the construction of the spectator stand, and of it is re-built again it would incur huge costs.