Two proposed school complexes are to be pushed aside to make way for a plush sports village intended to improve the SAR's sporting facilities. Under a recent Home Affairs Bureau proposal, the two schools - at the north and south sides of a stadium planned at the former Kai Tak airport site - will be relocated to create space for a 16-hectare sports centre. It is understood the extra 5.2 hectares could house an international indoor arena and a swimming pool. 'There's no conclusion where the schools can be relocated, but they will be elsewhere within the site,' a government source said. 'It is thought that if indoor facilities and other supportive sport facilities are close to the stadium, there will be better consistency.' The Post reported last April that the Government had been planning to expand the sports area in southeast Kowloon. While lobbying for the 2006 Asian Games in Pusan last November, Secretary for Home Affairs Lam Woon-kwong confirmed the expansion plan. But the SAR failed in its bid to hold the games and the Government was criticised by the Legislative Council for keeping lawmakers in the dark about plans for the sports venue. The source said planners would now have to find room for the two school complexes, which could be a headache given that the designs were nearly finished. There were also complaints that in the original layout that the schools were too close to the proposed central Kowloon route, which will run east to west connecting Tseung Kwan O and west Kowloon. Wong Wah-sang, associate professor of architecture at the University of Hong Kong, said planners should have avoided putting schools so close to highways. The Hong Kong Sports Development Board welcomed the expansion plan but was still worried about the lack of facilities for sport. At present the 42-hectare Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin provides an elite training centre for just 13 of 50 sports practised here.