The race is on among three aquatic disciplines to see which one will get prime time use of the new indoor swimming pool at Victoria Park, which will open on Monday. Water polo, diving and synchronised swimming are "fighting" each other for the use of the new state-of-the-art facility, which has been built at a cost of nearly HK$800 million. "Yes, there is a fight among these three disciplines to use the new pool," revealed Ronnie Wong Man-chiu, honorary secretary of the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, yesterday. "The problem is that although there is a good multi-purpose pool, there is less pool space than what we had at the old facility." The old outdoor swimming complex at Victoria Park had three pools, but the new indoor facility will only have two, albeit one being of Olympic standard. A handball court and a skating rink will be built on the old site. "Instead of three pools we have now got one big pool plus a multi-purpose pool and there is a lot of competition to see who will get to use it. Water polo, diving and synchronised swimming all want prime use of the multi-purpose pool and we are still trying to sort this problem out," Wong said. "The big issue is unlike in swimming where you can divide the pool into lanes, you cannot share a pool between these three disciplines as they will occupy the whole pool. All parties will have to sit down and try to come to some sort of an arrangement." Featuring the city's largest spectator stands - capable of accommodating 2,500 fans - the new pool has also strengthened Hong Kong's hand to host next year's Fina World Cup short-course championships, which is set to attract swimmers from 20 countries. "We have put in our bid and we are quite hopeful that with this new pool we can get the event back to Hong Kong again," Wong said. "There are three Asian legs in October next year and four cities are bidding for it - Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and us." According to Wong, the choice of venue, if Hong Kong got the nod, would be between Victoria Park and the recently refurbished facility at the Sports Institute. "It will depend on the cost factor. We hope we won't have to pay for venue charges, but holding an event of this magnitude, we will need use of other areas other than just the pool as we will have to provide facilities for doping control, for officials, media and so on," Wong said. Hong Kong had previously put in a bid to host the 2016 World Swimming Championships (short course). Ontario, Canada, won that bid, defeating Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Ashqabat in Turkmenistan. Hong Kong held this same event back in 1999 at the Hong Kong Coliseum with more than 500 swimmers from 61 nations taking part. "The new facility at Victoria Park gives us one more option of hosting world-class events," Wong added.