Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure proper use of Kalinga Stadium, the Sports department has decided to bar general athletes and public to practice in the main stadium as well as the warm up ground. Ordinary athletes and public who are doing regular exercise for physical fitness and general practicing have also been restricted to practice in the stadium.

The latest move of the Sports department comes after the Asian Athletics Championship that concluded successfully in this stadium recently.

The main stadium will only be reserved for the national and international level events. Apart from this, the ground will be kept open for camp for any national level team.

"We are preparing the stadium in a bid to attract more national and international events. The main stadium will be given for competitions only," Sports secretary Vishal Dev said.

However, the inmates of the sports hostel will be allowed to practice in the warm-up stadium. It will also be used for district and State level competition and various sports events of educational institutions.

 We will see the same facilities in the warm-up ground as in the main stadium. We will be happy to give the warm-up stadium to schools, colleges, universities and other institutions for sports events

- Dev

The infrastructure in main stadium and warm-up ground was fetched at the cost of around Rs 20 crore recently, sources said.